Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
My Life on the Plains: Personal Experiences with Indians (History in Words and Pictures Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 22, 2015
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Blank CD ! Tried it on two different players with no luck. After opening the case and inserting it in my car player and hearing no sound I looked at the disk itself and in small... Read morePublished 1 month ago by DJ McCarty
This book is for only for those who can except the truth. Real accurate History and a tough pill to swallow. It will leave a sick feeling in your stomach and a lump in your throat.Published 1 month ago by William Senk
You felt like you were right there with Custer as he was the one writing what was said. I highly recommend it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
First-rate. Custer was not only a great man, he was an excellent writer.Published 2 months ago by Moresby
I must say that I have never really cared for Custer as a leader, and an Indian fighter. I always considered him a brash, egotistical person - until O read this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Randy C. Anderson
I read the book because I was going to Yellowstone, and was stopping at Little Big horn along the way. I wanted to better understand him and the times he lived in. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gerry
Very interesting look into the life of General George Armstrong Custer. He isn't quite the writer that his wife is, however his life is very interesting to read about. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Wendy
I enjoyed it immensely. It gives you a perspective other than the politically correct warped view of him by modern revisionist historians.Published 15 months ago by stacey ann lippert