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Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier (Oklahoma Western Biographies) Paperback – November 15, 2001
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through the years and this is simply the best book on the market
on George Armstrong Custer. As a graduate student at Mississippi
State University and taking a course on the American West I gave
a lecture on Custer and recommended this book to the class.
Mr. Utley gives great detail on Custer's life. As with any
reader of Custer the debate rages on about General Terry's orders
to Custer and if they were obeyed or not. The author brought
out something I had not read before and that being the affidavet
of a cook who overheard a conservation between Terry and Custer.
A great book on Custer and especially on the Battle of the
Little Bighorn. Also, being a Civil War buff I liked the way the author mentioned how former Confederate generals were some
of Custer's biggest defenders after the battle.
If one were looking for a starting place on Custer this book
would be the one.
This work is by no means thorough, but rather provides a good introduction and outline of Custer's life. Not a lot of detail is provided about any one phase of Custer's adult life--boy general, frontier greenhorn, Indian fighter extraordinaire--and yet there is enough information here to get a good idea of what Custer the man must have been like. I think it is outside of the scope of this book to psychoanalyze this complex individual, or to analyze his several controversial achievements, from Civil War battles to an Indian attack on the Washita River to rushing into battle at the Little Bighorn without the necessary reconnaissance, and yet Utley manages to put things into a perspective that at least seems reasonable and fair, if not conclusive. His section on the Little Bighorn battle is concise, to the point, and objective, and, though he tends to imply that the blame for Custer's death cannot be fixed entirely on Custer's rashness, yet he does not attempt to deify or exonerate the man wholly from blame.
This book was meant to be a short introduction into Custer's life, and in that it fills its purpose completely.Read more ›
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Great background read for anyone interested in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, or G.A. CusterPublished 7 months ago by MD79
Cavalier in Buckskin
This biography of George Armstrong Custer by Robert M. Utley devotes most of its pages to his post Civil War career. Read more
CAVALIER IN BUCKSKIN was a treat to listen to on many levels. I listened to the audiobook written by ROBERT M. UTLEY and it was one I didn’t want to turn off. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Teresa
I've read quite a few books on Custer, and I've found the debate about which is the best book on him as controversial as the man himself, and our views on him. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Chris Owens
Cavalier in Buckskin
This biography of George Armstrong Custer devotes most of its pages to his post Civil War career. Read more
This was a Christmas present for my husband. He has been reading much about the Civil War and especially likes Robert M. Utley. He was delighted to receive this book.Published on December 28, 2013 by Karen Cassidy
This is an excellent biography about Custer. The text is easy to read. The prose flows smoothly. Robert Utley writes about Custer in an even-handended, some what sparse style. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by kim harris
This is a great concise work of biography and history, written by one of the greatest living historians of the American West. Read morePublished on June 1, 2008 by KOP ESF