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My Life on the Plains: Personal Experiences with Indians (History in Words and Pictures Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 22, 2015

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  • Series: History in Words and Pictures Series
  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Cirignani Enterprises Inc.; 1 edition (June 22, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578166747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578166742
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,035,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What first struck me about this book was George Custer's ability to paint vivid, fascinating word portraits of time, place and action. He was, in short, a damned good writer, and a very educated one, as well. From a reading standpoint, "My Life On the Plains" is easy to digest and, at times, even hard to put down.

What struck me next was that this is NOT the George Custer that we, as a nation, have been brainwashed into believing existed. Nowhere in his narrative did I find a hatred of Indians or any kind of racial prejudice against them. Custer was a hard man, yes, but so was anyone living on the frontier in those days. He brooked no nonsense and took very harsh action in the course of his duty. But in "My Life On the Plains" he is often openly admiring of the Indians of the Plains, and never once expresses the opinion of some of his superiors, like Sheridan -- that the only good Indian is a dead Indian.

And lastly, I was impressed by how amusing this book is. George Custer had a finely tuned sense of humor and could write with his tongue firmly in his cheek. Many of the scenes in this book brought me to outright laughter.

More than anything else, though, this book gave me an insight into the character and motives of one of America's most colorful figures. I found myself wishing I could have been with him in an Indian lodge, smoking pipes with warriors and keeping one hand close to my cocked revolver. A fascinating read that is well worth the time.
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Called by Frederick Benteen, "My Lie on the Plains" this is Custer's personal description of his adventures on the Plains. Of necessity it minimizes his Court Martial and other acts of ommission and commission because of Custer's self-view. Notwithstanding this the book gives insights into the psychology of a man who wished to become a legend and did. Any student of Plains History and Custer's part in it, must certainly read the man's own words.
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This book lets the reader into the mind of one of America's most fascinating military men, George A. Custer. He shows his talent for writing and vividly paints a picture of what life was like on the Western Plains. This book is a MUST for any student of the Old West or military historian.
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Interesting and lively account written by an early American Hero. Glad to see the original book turned into an e-book. I love the part concerning the battle of the Washita. Right before the attack the entire area was light up by what seems to be a UFO. People who have read this account will know what I am talking about. Custer was an excellent writer, very educated.
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This narrative by General Custer is of course written in the conversation style of the time period and along with your imagination becomes a time machine allowing you to visit the U.S. frontier in the 1860s after the Civil War. It not only allows the reader to 'view' the daily activities of the military men in camp and afield as well as a glimpse into their families lives and the lives of other government officials and agencies that were intertwined with them; but also allows you to 'see' and get to know many of the members of the Cheyenne, Kiowa, Arapaho tribes. You will meet Santana, Little Robe, Yellow Bear, Lone Wolf, Pawnee Killer, Mah-wi-sa, Mo-nah-se-tah and others. You will see the amazing abilities of the indian warriors horsemanship and marksmanship while mounted. You will meet young Mr. Brewster on a quest to find his sister who was taken prisoner from her farm by an Indian raiding party. Anyone interested in how the equine possessions of the solders, citizens and natives were utilized, used and managed will also find this book most interesting. You will also get to know the colorful and sage scouts, such as 'California Joe' that were employed by the U.S. Cavalry and see the relationship that existed between them, the indians and the military. As an introduction to this human/earth mental diorama/drama, General Custer demonstrates his extraordinary descriptive writing skills with a geography lesson of the plains area or 'The Great American Desert'.
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First off, I don't understand the bad ratings because of small type. That's like giving a movie a low rating because the DVD didn't work. The book I have was published by Leonaur Books, no problem with any of the type.

I'm about halfway through this book. I've picked it up then put it down several times because it's not light reading. I'm giving it four stars because his descriptions are vivid, but you have to read them carefully. I would have given it 5, but his style is a little hard to read. (His frequent use of "the former" and "the latter" is a little irritating.) However, it wasn't written with the intent to entertain and sell books, i.e. it's not a novel, but more of a military record and documentary. His personal view of the Indians was surprising, he didn't think whites would have been any better if they lived under the same circumstances. His style is very formal and old-fashioned, yet the vivid pictures still come through and he pulls no punches. The reality of the Indian wars is far more gory than anything in the movies (but then, so are all wars). Speaking of movies, some of the experiences he describes sounded so familiar that I swear I've seen them in old John Wayne movies and other westerns, the screen writers must have borrowed from his memoirs. His description of Wild Bill Hickock was, shall I say, interesting.
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