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Custer (Hardcover)

Author:  Larry McMurtry
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1451626207
ISBN-13: 9781451626209
Sku: 229372876
Publish Date: 11/6/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 12H x 9L x 1T
Pages:  192
Age Range:  NA
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In this lavishly illustrated volume, Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry, the American West's greatest chronicler, delivers a defining portrait of the life and legacy of the West's most legendary figure, George Armstrong Custer.

On June 25, 1876, George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry attacked a large Lakota Cheyenne village on the Little Bighorn River in Montana Territory. He lost not only the battle but also his life?and the lives of all his men. It was the U.S. Army's worst defeat in the long and bloody Plains Indian War. Yet with no survivors and only unreliable Indian accounts, ?Custer's Last Stand? reached mythic proportions and achieved Custer's name immortality.

     Larry McMurtry has long been fascinated by Custer and his rightful place in history, and in Custer, he examines how the ?Boy General,? who graduated last in his class at West Point, went on to earn distinction in the Civil War and rose through the ranks. In McMurtry's hands, Custer is brought to life in all his complexity?as the perpetually restless man whose complicated marriage, hunger for glory, and unwavering confidence in his abilities led him to ignore the warnings of scouts and comrades at Little Big Horn. In this engaging, handsomely illustrated volume, McMurtry not only delivers an honest assessment of Custer's legacy, demonstrating how through his power of personality, and as a product of his times, he achieved eternal fame, but also redefines our understanding of the American West.

Author Bio
Larry McMurtry
The son of a cattle rancher, Larry McMurtry spent most of his childhood on horseback under the vast, blue sky of the Texas Panhandle. In 1958, he received a B.A. from North Texas State University and in 1960 an M.A. from Rice University. In 1959, McMurtry married Josephine Ballard. They had a son, James Lawrence McMurtry, and were divorced in 1966. McMurtry won a Stegner Fellowship to do graduate work at Stanford University, and then taught creative writing at Rice. His first book, HORSEMAN, PASS BY, was published in 1961 and was immediately hailed as the first great novel to depict the conflict between the Old West and the New West. This tale of an old-time cattleman and his unscrupulous stepson (made into the movie HUD) began what would become a string of literary and commercial successes for McMurtry. Many of his books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning LONESOME DOVE, have achieved best-seller status, and several more, including BUFFALO GIRLS, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, and THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, have been adapted for film. The major theme of most of his literary work is disillusionment with the myth of the West. McMurtry is also a well-known antiquarian bookseller (and collector), who has turned his Texas home town into an important center for used and rare books.


"The distilled perceptions of a lifetime of study, beautifully illustrated." 09/15/2012
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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0192
Product attributePublisher:   Simon & Schuster
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