A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn - the Last Great Battle of the American West (Google eBook)
In June of 1876, on a desolate hill above a winding river called "the Little Bighorn," George Armstrong Custer and all 210 men under his direct command were annihilated by almost 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. The news of this devastating loss caused a public uproar, and those in positions of power promptly began to point fingers in order to avoid responsibility. Custer, who was conveniently dead, took the brunt of the blame.
The truth, however, was far more complex. A TERRIBLE GLORY is the first book to relate the entire story of this endlessly fascinating battle, and the first to call upon all the significant research and findings of the past twenty-five years--which have changed significantly how this controversial event is perceived. Furthermore, it is the first book to bring to light the details of the U.S. Army cover-up--and unravel one of the greatest mysteries in U.S. military history.
Scrupulously researched, A TERRIBLE GLORY will stand as ta landmark work. Brimming with authentic detail and an unforgettable cast of characters--from Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse to Ulysses Grant and Custer himself--this is history with the sweep of a great novel.
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Donovan approaches Custer from three perspectives: Custer: Indians: and the U.S. Military. Custer is given fair treatment in the book; a U.S. Colonel attempting to redeem his reputation after his controversial testimony and rumored newspaper articles concerning Indian Trading Post scandal of Secretary of War, William W. Belknap. The actual Battle of the Little Big Horn seems to get lost in the military details. Some of the dialogue in the narration is not referenced, so the reader is unsure whether Donovan is implementing artistic liscense or he is accurately quoting somebody. The Indian perspective is good, however, the reader is left confused as to what took place at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Perhaps Donovan is attempting to do too much and the details get overwhelming. The Indian narration could have been a seperate chapter or book rather then mixing with the narration of the U.S. Army strategy. Donovan's narration of the W.W. Belknap scandal, Grant and Custer, is very good.