"Both Custer-phobes and Custer-philes would do well to study this work, but it may just as profitably be read as a major addition to the history of American culture. (For another life of Custer, see Jeffry D. Wert, Custer: The Controversial Life of George Armstrong Custer, p. 592.)"
In this far-reaching, perceptive study of the tragic hero of the Little Bighorn, Barnett (English/Rutgers Univ.) traces the events of the postCivil War decade leading up to the ``Last Stand'' and examines how Custer became firmly rooted in the American imagination.
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