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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Donovan Narrator: James Boles Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781400176748
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In June 1876, on a desolate hill above a winding river called "the Little Bighorn," George Armstrong Custer and all 210 men under his direct command were annihilated by almost 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. The news of this devastating loss caused a public uproar, and those in positions of power promptly began to point fingers in order to avoid responsibility. Custer, who was conveniently dead, took the brunt of the blame. The truth, however, is far more complex. A Terrible Glory is the first book to relate the entire story of this endlessly fascinating battle and the first to call upon all the pertinent research and findings of the past twenty-five years-which have significantly changed how this controversial event is perceived. Furthermore, it is the first book to bring to light the details of the U.S. Army cover-up and unravel one of the greatest mysteries in U.S. military history. Scrupulously researched, A Terrible Glory will stand as a landmark work. Brimming with authentic detail and an unforgettable cast of characters-from Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse to Ulysses Grant and Custer himself-this is history with the sweep of a great novel. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Gloriously free of the sociopolitical agendas and rhetorical cant that re-forms around Custer and the battle with each new decade. Los Angeles Times
  • “Gloriously free of the sociopolitical agendas and rhetorical cant that re-forms around Custer and the battle with each new decade.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Boles narrates in a gripping voice that offers slight yet distinct variations in tone and accent for many characters, creating a vivid and informative tableau.”

    AudioFile

  • “An excellent starting point for those seeking an understanding of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A worthy companion to Jay Monahan’s Custer, Evan S. Connell’s Son of the Morning Star and other standard studies of the famed cavalryman.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ml Stephens | 2/15/2014

    " Jim Donovan has, by my count, dedicated 5000 published pages of his life to Custer and his "last stand." Why do I keep coming back to books about Little Big Horn (I think this is my fourth)? I truly have no idea. Nevertheless, Donovan rehashes some of the ground he's covered before with some interesting evidence of the massacre. He spends far too much time discussing Army politics (large and small) but pulls off a terrific narrative timeline of that infamous (or famous) day. Recommend for buffs, but would point to other works if it's your first time reading the narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffry | 2/12/2014

    " Read it this summer. Very well done. Better than Connell's book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Minor | 1/31/2014

    " Picked this up after visiting the battlefield. So intriguing. An honest look at Custer and the events around that blemish in our American history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Peterson | 1/21/2014

    " A wonderfully detailed view of the arc leading George Amstrong Custer to his catastrophic defeat at the Little Bighorn. Much detail. We learn a lot about the context in which the campaign began and a great deal about key characters in the drama. A good book if you are interested in the subject. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manuel | 1/12/2014

    " I was interested in learning more about the actual battle; this seems to fill the ticket. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis Butturff | 1/7/2014

    " I think this author lays out a fairly well written account of the times. Having also recently read the Philbrick book the subject I think that while this book touches on the divisions in Custer's commands and their reasons Philbrick probably does a better job of following up with how that may have very led to the disaster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 1/3/2014

    " Unbelievably well researched. I could picture the battle field. I could feel the noose tighten around the men. I did not know that much about Custer and the infamous battle going into this book. I could not put this book down. It was absolutely fascinating. Bravo, Mr. Donovan. Bravo! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Lloyd | 12/21/2013

    " The best, most comprehensive book I have read about Custer and the Little Bighorn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Mortensen | 12/13/2013

    " Facts and informational discrepancies remain rather rampant regarding events with the Little Bighorn. This book however provides a source for a good historical base. The flow from beginning to end also captured my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 11/17/2013

    " I really liked this, found it hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherman | 8/7/2013

    " I've read several books on this subject. This is one of the better ones. Better maps would improve it just a bit "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia | 4/17/2013

    " If you're interested in American history, this is extremely fascinating and sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Budnick | 3/3/2013

    " Very detailed account, sometimes too detailed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Graham | 9/19/2012

    " Thoroughly engaging history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 'Aussie Rick' | 3/24/2012

    " Excellent and detailed account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn - the book to read if you want to know what really happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Wilda | 1/5/2012

    " I have read a few books about Custer and The Little Bighorn. This one adds details I had not read before, and puts the battle and its aftermath in a different light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/14/2011

    " Well written and informative account of the often written about battle at the Little Bighorn. Like a lot of history I read, I thought it needed a few more maps. But other than that small complaint, I thought it was excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 12/1/2010

    " I really liked this, found it hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek | 8/23/2010

    " This is about the Battle of Little Bighorn.

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject. I thought it was easy to read and informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia | 5/12/2010

    " If you're interested in American history, this is extremely fascinating and sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manuel | 9/6/2009

    " I was interested in learning more about the actual battle; this seems to fill the ticket. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffry | 7/30/2009

    " Read it this summer. Very well done. Better than Connell's book. "

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About the Author
Author James DonovanBorn in New York City in 1916, James B. Donovan graduated from Fordham University and Harvard Law School. A commander in the Navy during World War II, he became general counsel of the Office of Strategic Services and was associate prosecutor at the principal Nuremberg trial. Mr. Donovan subsequently acted as chief counsel in major trials and appeals in over thirty states, and was an insurance lawyer and partner at Watters and Donovan. He was Democratic candidate for United States Senator from New York in 1962; served as general counsel for the Cuban Families Committee, obtaining the release of more than 9,700 Cubans and Americans from Castro’s Cuba; was president of Pratt Institute; and was president of the Board of Education of the City of New York. He died in 1970, and was survived by his wife and four children.
About the Narrator

James Boles is an accomplished audiobook narrator whose work includes such titles as Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town by Nate Blakeslee and A Disorder Peculiar to the Country by Ken Kalfus. He is also an award-winning stage actor. He lives in Stratford, Connecticut.