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Custer's Trials - A Life on the Frontier of a New America-logo

Custer's Trials - A Life on the Frontier of a New America

T.J. Stiles

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History From the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award, a brilliant biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times. In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer's legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer's historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person-capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years). The key to understanding Custer, Stiles writes, is keeping in mind that he lived on a frontier in time. In the Civil War, the West, and many areas overlooked in previous biographies, Custer helped to create modern America, but he could never adapt to it. He freed countless slaves yet rejected new civil rights laws. He proved his heroism but missed the dark reality of war for so many others. A talented combat leader, he struggled as a manager in the West. He tried to make a fortune on Wall Street yet never connected with the new corporate economy. Native Americans fascinated him, but he could not see them as fully human. A popular writer, he remained apart from Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and other rising intellectuals. During Custer's lifetime, Americans saw their world remade. His admirers saw him as the embodiment of the nation's gallant youth, of all that they were losing; his detractors despised him for resisting a more complex and promising future. Intimate, dramatic, and provocative, this biography captures the larger story of the changing nation in Custer's tumultuous marriage to his highly educated wife, Libbie; their complicated relationship with Eliza Brown, the forceful black woman who ran their household; as well as his battles and expeditions. It casts surprising new light on a near-mythic American figure, a man

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History From the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award, a brilliant biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times. In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer's legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer's historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person-capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years). The key to understanding Custer, Stiles writes, is keeping in mind that he lived on a frontier in time. In the Civil War, the West, and many areas overlooked in previous biographies, Custer helped to create modern America, but he could never adapt to it. He freed countless slaves yet rejected new civil rights laws. He proved his heroism but missed the dark reality of war for so many others. A talented combat leader, he struggled as a manager in the West. He tried to make a fortune on Wall Street yet never connected with the new corporate economy. Native Americans fascinated him, but he could not see them as fully human. A popular writer, he remained apart from Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and other rising intellectuals. During Custer's lifetime, Americans saw their world remade. His admirers saw him as the embodiment of the nation's gallant youth, of all that they were losing; his detractors despised him for resisting a more complex and promising future. Intimate, dramatic, and provocative, this biography captures the larger story of the changing nation in Custer's tumultuous marriage to his highly educated wife, Libbie; their complicated relationship with Eliza Brown, the forceful black woman who ran their household; as well as his battles and expeditions. It casts surprising new light on a near-mythic American figure, a man
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Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History From the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award, a brilliant biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times. In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer's legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer's historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person-capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years). The key to understanding Custer, Stiles writes, is keeping in mind that he lived on a frontier in time. In the Civil War, the West, and many areas overlooked in previous biographies, Custer helped to create modern America, but he could never adapt to it. He freed countless slaves yet rejected new civil rights laws. He proved his heroism but missed the dark reality of war for so many others. A talented combat leader, he struggled as a manager in the West. He tried to make a fortune on Wall Street yet never connected with the new corporate economy. Native Americans fascinated him, but he could not see them as fully human. A popular writer, he remained apart from Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and other rising intellectuals. During Custer's lifetime, Americans saw their world remade. His admirers saw him as the embodiment of the nation's gallant youth, of all that they were losing; his detractors despised him for resisting a more complex and promising future. Intimate, dramatic, and provocative, this biography captures the larger story of the changing nation in Custer's tumultuous marriage to his highly educated wife, Libbie; their complicated relationship with Eliza Brown, the forceful black woman who ran their household; as well as his battles and expeditions. It casts surprising new light on a near-mythic American figure, a man

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

23h 46m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:13


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:09


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:04


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:14


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:13


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:18


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:59


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:35


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:43


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:13


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:18


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:41


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:06


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:14


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:28


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:03


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:18


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:27


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:37


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:00


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:12


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:25


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:33


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:39


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:39


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:32


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:57


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:11


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:37


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:40


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

09:27


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:39


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:15


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

09:01


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:31


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:18


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:45


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:06


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

09:29


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:04


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:42


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:05


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:48


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:42


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:57


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:07


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:23


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:23


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:20


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

01:18


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:59


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:29


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:45


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:00


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:57


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

09:44


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:44


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

09:41


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:47


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:12


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:01


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:10


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

09:03


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:59


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:58


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:39


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:44


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:54


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:43


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:16


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

09:19


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

09:13


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:46


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:14


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:55


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:44


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:49


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:08


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:53


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:41


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:43


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:55


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:39


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:28


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

09:29


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

09:21


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

09:26


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

09:07


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:44


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:28


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:40


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:41


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

08:00


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:59


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

09:17


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

08:19


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

09:05


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

09:16


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

09:39


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

08:40


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:10


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:32


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

09:05


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

08:43


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

08:43


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

07:40


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

09:02


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

07:43


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

09:27


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

08:51


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

09:39


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

08:28


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

09:38


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

08:00


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:09


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

08:31


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

09:47


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

09:20


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

09:57


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

08:32


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

09:28


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

09:04


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

08:48


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

09:06


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

08:46


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

08:39


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

09:33


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

09:28


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

09:22


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

08:08


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

04:39


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

07:22


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

06:57


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

07:24


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

09:35


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

08:03


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

09:35


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

08:11


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

08:35


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

08:42


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

06:56


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

00:37