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Advance Praise for Glorious War
“A lively and very readable account of the early career of George Armstrong Custer.”
--Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Custer and Lonesome Dove
"Hatch’s research and knowledge are formidable; his prose, clear and accessible, even when he’s describing the chaotic intricacies of battle – and of human relationships… A considerable achievement."
--The Plain Dealer
“The deftly detailed narrative undergirds Hatch’s emphasis on the importance of Custer’s early military career while delivering the drama of the larger swirl of the Civil War.”
“Finally, instead of the zoom-lens focus on George Armstrong Custer at the Little Big Horn, we are treated to a wide-angle portrait of Custer the Civil War hero. The ‘Boy General’—promoted to brigadier general at twenty-three—receives from acclaimed author Thom Hatch a rich portrait that is no hagiography, but rather [is]painted in a multitude of colors befitting the swashbuckling adventurer with his yellow curls and red ties. Both those long fascinated by Custer and students of the Civil War will find new insights to enliven the Custer conversation.”
--Ronald C. White, Jr., The New York Times bestselling author of A. Lincoln
“An admiring, fast-paced, thoroughly readable account of Custer at war.”
"Custer's legendary pluck, luck, and sheer audacity shine throughout the narrative. VERDICT Recommended as a lively read for Civil War history buffs during the 150th anniversaries and beyond."
“George Armstrong Custer is remembered for a single, spectacular defeat, yet he was one of America's most successful soldiers. Thom Hatch explores that historical contradiction in this exciting tale of Custer’s forgotten Civil War career. Hatch’s prose, as fast paced as a cavalry charge, sweeps the reader along through many of the Civil War’s greatest battles.”
--Paul Andrew Hutton, award-winning author of The Custer Reader
The Last Outlaws:
“[The Last Outlaws] is eloquent of not only the Old West that we think of when we see a photograph of a butte or a mustang or a Colt revolver but also of the implacable forces of time and change that extinguished it.”
--The Wall Street Journal
“Fans of Old West lore will find The Last Outlaws an absorbing and entertaining read.”
Osceoloa and the Great Seminole War
“It’s a fascinating history, touching on the complex relationships among white, black, and Native Americans in the contested territory we now know as Florida... Hatch’s meticulous research is evident in his depiction of Seminole village life and his detailed descriptions of conferences and battles.”
“Sitting Bull, Geronimo and Crazy Horse are well known to every schoolchild. Hatch deftly brings Osceola to the pantheon of legendary Native American leaders.”
“Engaging, well-researched… This important book adds to our understanding of the shameful mistreatment of Native Americans and their resistance.”
“The Seminole tribe of Florida had an origin as complex and tragic as the history of race in America. The Creek Indians of Alabama, escaped black slaves, and Muskogee-speaking natives of Florida together made up the tribe which took its name from the Spanish word for fugitives or wild men. They were united by a fierce independence and were led by a man of great natural gifts, as varied in his background as the tribe he led -- named Billy Powell at birth, known to history as Osceola. His story, stirring and sad in equal measure, is now told by Thom Hatch in his new history of the Seminole ordeal.”
--Thomas Powers, Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner and National Book Critics Circle Finalist for The Killing of Crazy Horse
THOM HATCH is the author of eight books, including The Last Outlaws: The Lives and Legends of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Custer Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to the Life of George Armstrong Custer and the Plains Indians Wars. A Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and a historian who specializes in the American West, the Civil War, and Native American conflicts, Hatch has received the prestigious Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for his previous work. He lives in Colorado with his wife and daughter.
I was interested in reading this book largely because my primary familiarity with George Armstrong Custer comes from reading about his campaigns in the Indian Wars, and while I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hendrik Nassau
Having heard the story of "Custer's Last Stand" as a boy, and having visited Little Big Horn 50 years later, I still lacked a true picture of the this boy general's... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John J. Benoit
A great read, and a refreshing look at Custer's career in the Civil War, which has long been ignored by his disaster at the Little Big Horn. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Long time fan
Pros: Superbly written and meticulously researched.
Cons: Date and time references could be mentioned more. Read more
A minor point to start out with. Hatch made sure that the blacks were African-American, that the natives *Sioux" as he was referring to in the instance I saw, were... Read morePublished 6 months ago by William Freeburn
Custer was more about getting the job done, than the risks he took. Unfortunately as in all games of war, politics and sports, it's always the mistake we make of being human while... Read morePublished 9 months ago by onemoreuserid
Great book. Learned so much about Custer during the Civil War. All the Custer bashers should be ashamed of the way they have treated this amazing General. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Patrick Fagenstrom
In Glorious War: The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong Custer, Thom Hatch recounts the battlefield exploits of the man known as “The Boy General. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cornhusker