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A Complete Life of General George A. Custer, Volume 1: Through the Civil War Hardcover – March 1, 1993


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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803247664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803247666
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,827,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No Custer library is complete without Whittaker’s work, which is essential to understanding the Custer Legend."—Robert M. Utley
(Robert M. Utley)

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Gregory J. W. Urwin is an associate professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
Published six months after Custer's death, Frederick Whittaker's "A Complete Life of General George A. Custer" traces the American icon's life from his boyhood in Ohio through his cadet years at West Point, his Civil War exploits, his impressive rise to the rank of Major General of cavalry in the Army of the Potomac and his transition to the peacetime army. All the foundation elements of the Custer story are stated in Vol. I of Whittaker's book. They are supported by the first person accounts of Custer and other of his peers, and in my opinion, clearly define the reasons for Custer being rightfully considered a genuine, homegrown American hero based on his Civil War exploits alone! [See also: "Custer Victorious"/Urwin; "Custer and His Wolverines"/Longacre; "Touched by Fire"/Barnett] My reading of this book was enriched by the fact that, as a Custer contemporary, Whittaker was not only in touch with the the 19th century ambience, but that he had the added advantages of active service as a trooper in the 6th New York Cavalry and access to Custer's papers, Civil War memoirs and personal anecdotes through his collaboration with Custer's widow, Elizabeth. As a result, the book is replete with knowledgeable commentaries on the customs, mores and military standards of the times. Of special interest to me were the final three chapters devoted to Custer's transition from the wartime to the peacetime army [Book Six, Chapters 1-3].Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By karl rohrbaugh on May 6, 2013
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thanks, book is in great shape and arrived relatively quickly. I am beginning to read it now. It was written shortly after the Little Big Horn battle and portrays Custer as a super hero but hope to glean some good information from the story which seems to be fairly well written even though heavily biased in Custer's favor.
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