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Custer Paperback – June 10, 1997
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This book is a perfect fit for anyone who is interested in Custer but doesn't want to read 3 or 4 different books on the man. Yes, there are books out there that cover his life in the Civil War more in depth or that deal with Little Big Horn more but for those new to Custer and want a good overview of the man in one volume, this is perfect.
One thing I like about Wert is he's very balanced on Custer. We read in Wert's book about the man, his triumphs and some of his not so shining moments. Custer had great success during the Civil War and was highly thought of by his fellow commanders for both his courage and skills. He truly was one of the great calvary commanders of the Civil War.
At the same time Wert recounts some not so shining moments like Custer's attempt to trump his commanders at Appomattox by crossing the lines and trying to bluff Longstreet into surrendering the Army of Northern Virginia to him (Longstreet in short told Custer to buzz off). It also frankly deals with Custer's court martial at Fort Leavenworth where Wert does not excuse Custer's actions that landed him in hot water.
Wert really did a nice job on the research. At the same time Wert is a talented writer with a style that is easy and enjoyable to read. If you are looking for one book to read about Custer, this would be a good choice.
more of a symbol in the 20th Century than a genuine person,
is highly objective, addressing both the positive aspects
of Custer's personality and career and also the negative
side. In examining the numerous controversies and charges
which surround the memory of George Custer, Wert carefully
presents the evidence pro and con and renders a judicious
conclusion. The book is balanced between Custer's early
career with its extraordinary successes during the Civil
War and his life after the end of that war, when he was
faced by challenges worse than those of a Virginia
battlefield. Through strong, unembellished prose, Wert
builds a well-rounded portrait of a soldier and a man,
neither without flaw nor yet the caricature that he has
become in recent decades.
Controversial Life of George Armstrong Custer.
After a cursory swipe at Custer's pre-civil war life, Wert devotes the majority of his book to the Civil War. Not Custer, but the Civil War, battle after battle in incredible detail. Page after page. Major or minor battle, it matters little. Custer's involvement? Sometimes important, most times not. For a Civil War buff (I plead innocent) I imagine this book is a treasure. For a Custer buff (guilty), I would love to have seen the detail devoted to meaningless battles to events in Custer's life such as the day Custer shot his own horse out from under him while chasing buffalo, a silly but telling event in Custer's western life.
Mr Wert's research was very extensive so he was able to bring to light some fasinating things about Custer's life, and particularly his love affair with his wife Libbie.
If there is a negative about this book it is the great amount of time spent covering the Civil War battles, but the Civil War is Mr Wert's area of expertise and I do enjoy reading about that period of American History.
Both the positives and the negatives are discussed about this very controversal figure leaving the reader to decide for himself what history will ultimately have to say about George Armstrong Custer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Did you know that Custer's 7th Cavalry was on average 5'7" and weighed @ 140# ??? Good book. Slow at times.Published 4 months ago by T. Jorgensen
I've read many books on Custer and I have to say this one wasn't even on my radar. I chose it randomly while looking through Amazon. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Wendy
Well written story about an amazing individual who left his imprint upon a nation struggling with it's identify. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sue Waldman
Finally, a comprehensive narrative that is insightful, complete and unbiased in the presentation of a remarkable life story.Published 22 months ago by B. SMITH