Marching to Valhalla: A Novel of Custer's Last Days

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Villard, 1996 - Fiction - 288 pages
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In Marching to Valhalla, Blake turns his storyteller's eye on George Armstrong Custer, West Pointer, youngest Union general of the Civil War, horseman, passionate lover, explorer, ardent husband, and, most famously, Indian hunter. In Blake's pages, Custer emerges as a dashing, driven soldier, suspicious of his friends, respectful of his enemies, and ever unable to feel quite alive in the civilian world. Composed in the form of Custer's journal, Marching to Valhalla is an impeccable merging of fact and fiction, a powerful evocation of our bloody past, and a tribute to the endurance of a human heart facing adversity and disaster. A masterpiece of the Old West, Michael Blake's novel is a tragic romance that reveals a Custer never before imagined, and lets us finally contemplate the twisting, uncharted paths to glory and doom.

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Review: Marching to Valhalla: A Novel of Custer's Last Days

User Review  - Rgauthie - Goodreads

Not bad. Custer's life told as if through his diary. Nice prose. A couple anachronisms, but not a bad read. Read full review

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User Review  - James Oliver Burns - Goodreads

I was really Surprised that this book tried to remain true to History, with a few embellishments, and made LtCol. Custer's Character more naive and greater sense of integrity than he probably ... Read full review


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His previous books include Dances With Wolves, Airman Mortensen, and Marching to Valhalla. He received an Academy Award for his screen adaptation of Dances With Wolves. He lives with his wife and children on a ranch in Southern Arizona.

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