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About Everyone & Everything But Custer,
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An unbelievably disappointing book with more pictures (140+) than text & which asks questions like "Did Custer give Libbie an STD & is that while they remained childless?" Without ever revealing with whom Custer supposedly had affairs. Discusses virtually everyone and everything except Custer And The Battle of The Little Bighorn, but all in a cursory fashion. You'll laugh out loud at the paragraph about Mary Tyler Moore & the Mary Tyler Moore Show, which, in case you hadn't guessed, have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Custer. Come to think of it: neither does this ridiculously overpriced book. Demanding a refund. Too bad I can't get back the 20 minutes of my life it took me to read the entire thing, including the picture credits (you've seen them all before & none can be resized in the ebooks version so some are hard to see) and the bibliography, where McMurtry kindly tells readers what books to get if they want to actually read about Custer, his Life, his career, his marriage, or the infamous battle for which he is remembered. Sophmoric & pedestrian.Shameful for a writer of McMurtry's talent, reputation & stature. Not even worth one star.
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Initial post: Nov 6, 2012 5:09:28 PM PST
book lover says:
Okay, I'm not going to buy the book, your review reinforced my cursory examination in the bookstore. But I'm dying to know; what is the Mary Tyler Moore reference?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 5:29:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012 5:32:03 PM PST
Well, it's kinda weird. There's Fremont. He's a French chap who was a topographer. That has nothing to do with Custer, but there ya go. So a teacher of his was a French landscaper. There is a hill named after the teacher/landscaper. That is the hill, named after the teacher of the topographer who has nothing to do with Custer, that Mary Tyler Moore stands on when she throws her hat up in the air at the beginning of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Small world. And that is the teacher/landscaper's claim to fame which does not add any significance to Fremont who is compared with Custer.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 8:12:05 PM PST
book lover says:
Now, if the book was filled with this type of trivia, I would run out and buy it. Just kidding.
Posted on Nov 7, 2012 5:44:03 PM PST
with these postings on the book, I will spend my dollars elsewhere. thanks for the truth.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2013 3:18:11 PM PST
Thank you. Your explanation was more entertaining & interesting than McMurtry' s entire book :D
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