Custer and the Great Controversy The Origin and Development of a Legend

ISBN-10: 0803295618
ISBN-13: 9780803295612
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Description: Custer and the Great Controversywas the first book to focus on the origins of what has come to be called the Custer myth. The Battle of the Little Bighorn has always been wrapped in mystery and controversy because none of Custer’s men survived to  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 3/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 172
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Custer and the Great Controversywas the first book to focus on the origins of what has come to be called the Custer myth. The Battle of the Little Bighorn has always been wrapped in mystery and controversy because none of Custer’s men survived to tell what happened, because press accounts circulated much misinformation and editors politicized the event, because popular writers repeated the errors of journalists, because a court of inquiry issued in bitter debate, and because Indian testimony was hard to gauge. This book, originally published in 1962, helps the reader understand the sources of the confusion and controversy surrounding the Custer fight and the beginning of the legend. Custer and the Great Controversywas Robert M. Utley’s debut, coming after six years of service as a ranger-historian at the Little Bighorn National Monument. His distinguished career as a historian has produced many books, includingFrontiersmen in Blue: The United States Army and the Indian, 1848–1865andFrontier Regulars: The United States Army and the Indian, 1866–1891, both available as Bison Books. nbsp;

<p class="biography" <b Brian W. Dippie</b , a native of Edmonton, Alberta, retired in 2009 after 39 years' teaching history at the University of Victoria, BC. Dippie also served as president of the Western History Association in 2002-03. A specialist in the history of Western American art, Dippie has published extensively on George Catlin, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.</p

Robert M. Utley, former Chief Historian & Assistant Director of the National Park Service, is the author of many books & articles on the West, "Cavalier in Buckskin", also published by the University of Oklahoma Press, won the 1989 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Book & was a Book-of-the-Month Club & History Book Club selection. Since his retirement from the federal government, he has devoted himself full time to historical research & writing.

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