Touched by Fire: The Life, Death, and Mythic Afterlife of George Armstrong Custer
For more than a century, Americans have been captivated by the legend of General George Armstrong Custer. But the various truths of Custer?s life and last stand prove elusive. Why are we so taken with the myth and the so-called mystery behind the man?
In a field teeming with highly partisan and wildly speculative treatments of Custer, Louise Barnett enters with a volume widely acclaimed by both military and cultural historians as the most balanced account of his life and legend. Custer's life spans two great eras of American history, and Barnett's commanding work pushes beyond the existing literature to a comprehensive view of this controversial figure.
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A true compliment to the lexicon for those well-versed in Custerworks, but not a great place to begin one's exploration. Builds on the foundation of Custer's relationship with Libbie and as a result explores much that typical works pass by, dealing with such issues as day-to-day life on the plains, the life of army wives of the times, and Libbie's subsequent 57 years without her knight in shining armor. Not among the best of the Custer catalog, but an intriguing and sometimes provocative addition to the fold.
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Loved Matt's comprehensive review. I found myself wanting more about decisions made in battle, and more detail on Little Bighorn, maybe a Native American's account. I thought Barnett's conclusions ... Read full review
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Save the Last Bullet for Your Wife
Libbie and Autie or A Companionable Wife
The Great Buffalo Hunt
Heroes of the Plains
Epilogue Custer Forever