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—General Wesley K. Clark (ret.)
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The epic rise and historic fall of the “Boy General” whose brilliant leadership helped lead the Union army to victory
Colorful, charismatic, and controversial, George Armstrong Custer became a national hero at the age of twenty-three when he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general—barely two years after graduating at the bottom of his class from West Point. He was idolized both by his men and by the American public, though he endured two courts-martial and temporary dismissal from the Army.
Custer pushed himself harder and longer than most, owing to an intense ambition to succeed and a hunger for glory and fame. He was contemptuous of danger, taking chances that no one else would take, which earned him the reputation among some observers of being reckless. Redeeming himself through his actions at the front, he resurrected his former glory with a stunning victory over the Cheyenne Indians using tactics he had perfected during the Civil War. General Custer was one of those larger-than-life figures whose flamboyant personality, daring, and seeming invincibility became legendary. Here, author Duane Schultz shows why he remains one of the most fascinating figures in American military history.
Duane Schultz; Foreword by General Wesley K. Clark
St. Martin's Press
The epic rise and historic fall of the “Boy General” whose brilliant leadership helped lead the Union army to victoryBuy
General Wesley K. Clark discusses the Great Generals Series - biographies of great American military leaders from the American Revolution to World War II.