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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (492 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Donovan Narrator: James Boles Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 two thousand 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 US Army cover-up and unravel one of the greatest mysteries in US 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.

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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

  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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