Son of the Morning Star: Custer and The Little Bighorn
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Son of the Morning Star: Custer and The Little Bighorn
Evan S. Connell
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Jul 31, 2018
The work of an idiosyncratic but engaging storyteller, Son of the Morning Star is discursive, elegant, and unflinching. The Christian Science Monitor called it “the story of Gen. George Armstrong Custer as Flaubert would have written it”; it’s a nice compliment, but the book is better than that, because, for all his literary sophistication, Connell is more interested in insight than eloquence. Connell brings his subject—a thrilling narrative in itself, even when simply told—to life with complex, careful sympathies. In his words, “Our nineteenth-century campaign to suppress or exterminate Indian tribes, undertaken with the best of nineteenth-century intentions, was not altogether noble. We should understand this.” By the end of this fierce, compulsively readable exploration of a legendary encounter, we do understand this truth—in all its fatal, fateful consequences.
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Oct 28, 2018
A study of a sociopath who exploited the system of the day
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