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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (December 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250028507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250028501
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.”
--Publishers Weekly

“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.”
--Kirkus Reviews

"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."
--Library Journal


“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.”
--USA Today

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.”
--Boston Globe
“Sitting Bull, Geronimo and Crazy Horse are well known to every schoolchild. Hatch deftly brings Osceola to the pantheon of legendary Native American leaders.”
--Kirkus Reviews
“Engaging, well-researched… This important book adds to our understanding of the shameful mistreatment of Native Americans and their resistance.”
--Publishers Weekly
“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

 

About the Author

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.


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Customer Reviews

So well researched so well written.
Richard.B
I'd recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Civil War and Custer's part in it.
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This book is nothing less than a thrilling page turner from start to finish.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Erin Davies on December 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
One has only to watch Bill Hader's performance as General George Armstrong Custer to understand the stereotypic legacy that dogs the memory of this career army officer and cavalry commander, but is that legacy deserved? Author Thom Hatch doesn't think so and makes a compelling argument the that affect in his latest release, Glorious War.

Though listed in the nation's history books for his disastrous defeat at Little Big Horn, his career with the Union Army was marked almost exclusively by victory. Graduating West Point in June 1861 his first assignment found him on the field at the first battle of Bull Run (or first Manassas). Time and again he proved himself a capable if unconventional commander who kept his head under pressure and held the admiration and trust of his men. By the time he collected the first flag of truce from the Confederates at Appomattox, the exploits that had propelled him up the ranks had also earned him a fair amount of celebrity.

Hatch's carefully researched civil war biography chronicles Custer's early life and military career, shedding light on the man Custer was both on and off the battlefield. What is surprising though is how objective the author is despite his rather obvious agenda. Rather than ignore his failings (real or imagined) Hatch answers each accusation fairly, allowing his readers to come to their own conclusions about his subject.

All told, a well-written and thought-provoking mini biography of a controversial American legend.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Richard Masloski on December 24, 2013
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I pre-ordered GLORIOUS WAR many moons ago and was truly and anxiously looking forward to it. I couldn't wait to read it! Unfortunately, after having now done so, I must say how severely disappointed I am. Perhaps the lead-off in the Advance Praise on the back cover should have been a red flag to me. Yes, Larry McMurtry (author of arguably the worst book ever written about Custer, his risible, should-never-have-been-published CUSTER) leads the blurb charge. Then there is a paragraph by a New York Times bestselling author who writes "Finally,...we are treated to a wide-angle portrait of Custer the Civil War hero." "Finally"? It seems many writers' memories are often short, perhaps conveniently so when pushing hot off-the-press books by their brethren. "Finally"???

First published in 1983 and still in print is CUSTER VICTORIOUS by Gregory Urwin. If you want to learn about the Civil War Custer I cannot recommend this earlier book enough. GLORIOUS WAR - instead of being an educated extension of that earlier volume - is simply a diluted distillation, a pale imitation of Urwin's grand and epic work.

Apart from Urwin's book being fantastically illustrated with myriad photos, maps, period drawings of battles - compared to the current work's trifling photo insert - the book itself is rich in detail and scope. Two examples of what I am talking about should suffice. In the new book we are told of Private Huff's being the man who fired the fatal shot that brought down the "Invincible" Jeb Stuart. By contrast, in Urwin's much more in-depth treatment, we learn that things aren't as cut and dry as to who actually brought down Old Beauty. Three possibilities are discussed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Travis Starnes on February 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I read a lot of biographies and to me they are really hit or miss. While the subject is important in getting me interested in a biography it is really the tone the author uses that makes or breaks it for me. In Glorious War Thom Hatch uses a flowing narrative style that does an excellent job of combining the need to relay information about the subject’s life while still making it an enjoyable read. For me this is one of the most enjoyable biographies I have read and joins a small group of similar books that I would consider reading again. That is even higher praise considering I only had a passing interest in the man prior to reading this book.

The battle scenes were especially well described and reading it I could not help but liken it to the work of Shelby Foote, who for me is the most enjoyable author to read on the Civil War era. The battles and Custer’s place in them was high paced and exciting to read. Again not something that is found in most biographies.

The research is well done and, while some things might have been left out, I felt no holes or deficiencies in my understanding of Custer’s life and actions during the war. I had always known he had notable exploits during the war years and that his future placement leading the soldiers at Little Big Horn was in no small part to his legacy from the war.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vmiman on October 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a well written book about Custer's Civil War exploits. He is a good writer and the book is fully referenced. The story has been told before and there doesn't seem to be anything new. As a history of Custer's exploits during the war, however, the book is largely useless because there are inadequate maps. There is one map of all the places where Custer was engaged during the war, and one map of the Federal and Confederate positions at the cavalry field at Gettysburg on July 3, 1861. No maps of what Custer actually did at Gettysburg at different times during the battle. No maps at all of any of the battles at Brandy Station. I know a little about the terrain at Brandy Station, but I can't tell what Custer did there either time he was there without maps. Has Hatch been to these places? If the publisher can't afford to have someone draw accurate maps that reflect the action on the ground couldn't they get permission to reprint ones from other works? Maybe they could have bought a USGS map for a few dollars and draw the lines of battle on it at different times and then photograph it.
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