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The Resource Custer's trials : a life on the frontier of a new America, T. J. Stiles

Custer's trials : a life on the frontier of a new America, T. J. Stiles

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Custer's trials : a life on the frontier of a new America
Title
Custer's trials
Title remainder
a life on the frontier of a new America
Statement of responsibility
T. J. Stiles
Title variation
Custers trials
Title variation remainder
a life on the frontier of a new America
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer s legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer s historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years). The key to understanding Custer, Stiles writes, is keeping in mind that he lived on a frontier in "time. "In the Civil War, the West, and many areas overlooked in previous biographies, Custer helped to create modern America, but he could never adapt to it. He freed countless slaves yet rejected new civil rights laws. He proved his heroism but missed the dark reality of war for so many others. A talented combat leader, he struggled as a "manager "in the West. He tried to make a fortune on Wall Street yet never connected with the new corporate economy. Native Americans fascinated him, but he could not see them as fully human. A popular writer, he remained apart from Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and other rising intellectuals. During Custer s lifetime, Americans saw their world remade. His admirers saw him as the embodiment of the nation s gallant youth, of all that they were losing; his detractors despised him for resisting a more complex and promising future. Intimate, dramatic, and provocative, this biography captures the larger story of the changing nation in Custer s tumultuous marriage to his highly educated wife, Libbie; their complicated relationship with Eliza Brown, the forceful black woman who ran their household; as well as his battles and expeditions. It casts surprising new light on a near-mythic American figure, a man both widely known and little understood
Summary
A biography of the iconic Civil War commander examines his contributions to politics and the Industrial Revolution, sharing insights into his turbulent relationships, perspectives on Native Americans, and conflicts with the military
Writing style
Award
  • Pulitzer Prize for History, 2016.
  • Spur Award for Biography, 2016.
Biography type
individual biography
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10446313
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DLC
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Stiles, T. J
Dewey number
  • 973.8/2092
  • B
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Custer, George A.
  • Generals
  • United States
  • United States
  • Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876
  • Indians of North America
  • Custer, George A.
  • United States
  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Little Bighorn, Battle of the (Montana : 1876)
  • Generals
  • Indians of North America
  • Great Plains
  • Montana
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a life on the frontier of a new America
Label
Custer's trials : a life on the frontier of a new America, T. J. Stiles
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Rise 1839-1865 -- The accused -- The observer -- The protégé -- The prodigy -- The women -- The general -- The hero -- The victor -- Fall 1865-1876 -- The executioner -- The politician -- The fallen -- The Indian killer -- The financier -- The writer -- The enemy -- The accuser -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn900179749
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxi, 582 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307592644
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015002070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)900179749
Label
Custer's trials : a life on the frontier of a new America, T. J. Stiles
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Rise 1839-1865 -- The accused -- The observer -- The protégé -- The prodigy -- The women -- The general -- The hero -- The victor -- Fall 1865-1876 -- The executioner -- The politician -- The fallen -- The Indian killer -- The financier -- The writer -- The enemy -- The accuser -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn900179749
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxi, 582 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307592644
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015002070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)900179749

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