From Library Journal
Gray, a retired physician and Little Big Horn aficionado, has produced a book intended to be the final word on the events surrounding Custer's final campaign. He does a good job of highlighting the role of Indian scout Boyer, but most of the book slides toward tedium. The last half is an incredible minute-by-half-minute reconstruction of the movements of virtually every person and horse involved in the battle. Reappraisals such as this are of interest mostly to antiquarians who quibble about who-shot-who-from-which-hill. For Western Americana collections; public libraries will still be better off with Evan Connell's lush Son of the Morning Star ( LJ 9/1/84).- Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Los Angeles
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"Easily the most significant book yet published on the Battle of the Little Bighorn."—Paul L. Hedren, Western Historical Quarterly
(Paul L. Hedren Western Historical Quarterly
"[Gray] has applied rigorous analysis as no previous historian has done to these oft-analyzed events. His detailed time-motion study of the movements of the various participants frankly boggles the mind of this reviewer. No one will be able to write of this battle again without reckoning with Gray"—Thomas W. Dunlay, Journal of American History
(Thomas W. Dunlay Journal of American History
"Gray challenges many time-honored beliefs about the battle. Perhaps most significantly, he brings in as much as possible the testimony of the Indian witnesses, especially that of the young scout Curley, which generations of historians have dismissed for contradictions that Gray convincingly demonstrates were caused not by Curley but by the assumptions made by his questioners . . . The contrasts in [this] book. . . restate the basic components of what still attracts the imagination to the Little Bighorn."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
(Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Gray's analysis, by and large, is impressively drawn; it is an immensely logical reconstruction that should stand the test of time. As a contribution to Custer and Indian wars literature, it is indeed masterful."—Jerome A. Greene, New Mexico Historical Review
(Jerome A. Greene New Mexico Historical Review