A Terrible Glory

Custer and the Little Bighorn - the Last Great Battle of the American West
By James Donovan (Trade Paperback, 2009)
In June of 1876, on a hill above a winding river called "the Little Bighorn," George Armstrong Custer and all 210 men under his direct command were annihilated by nearly 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. This devastating loss caused an uproar, and public figures pointed fingers in order to avoid responsibility. Custer, who was conveniently dead, took the brunt of the blame.

The truth, however, was 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 vital new forensic research of the past quarter century. It is also the first book to bring to light the details of the army cover-up--and unravel one of the greatest mysteries in US military history.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $17.00 US/$19.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316067478

    • On Sale Date: 05/14/2009

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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In June of 1876, on a hill above a winding river called "the Little Bighorn," George Armstrong Custer and all 210 men under his direct command were annihilated by nearly 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. This devastating loss caused an uproar, and public figures pointed fingers in order to avoid responsibility. Custer, who was conveniently dead, took the brunt of the blame.

The truth, however, was 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 vital new forensic research of the past quarter century. It is also the first book to bring to light the details of the army cover-up--and unravel one of the greatest mysteries in US military history.

James Donovan is the author of the classic illustrated account of Custer's Last Stand, Custer and the Little Bighorn. He lives in Dallas.
  • "A Terrible Glory...is probably as close as we're going to get to knowing what really happened....Gloriously free of the sociopolitical agendas and rhetorical cant that re-forms around Custer and the battle with each new decade....One of the best things about A Terrible Glory is its lack of agenda." (Los Angeles Times).

  • "James Donovan's expansive approach to the battle has resulted in the most memorable, readable, maybe best, book on it to date....The Custer battle has never been as vividly and comprehensively told." (Dallas Morning News).

  • "A fresh and compelling narrative....The author's style of writing is engaging and reflects a mastery of the subject matter. This is a cohesive, fast-paced read and well worth picking up."
    (Fredericksburg Free Lance?Star).

  • "A great pleasure to read....Donovan has given us the new benchmark of literary scholarship on the Little Bighorn, this most controversial engagement at the core of our national identity. Sifting recently surfaced documents while aggressively reinterpreting the known record, Donovan breathes fresh life into this classic Western Iliad."  (Hampton Sides).

  • "Recent decades have seen important new findings regarding the Battle of the Little Bighorn. What has been needed next is a clear narrative for scholars and lay readers alike embracing all of the recent research; Donovan has written just that....An excellent starting point for those seeking an understanding of the Battle of the Little Bighorn." (starred review) (Library Journal).

  • "In this labor of love, Donovan collects the multiple threads that led to the 1876 massacre at Little Big Horn....Exhaustive research, lively prose and fresh interpretation make for a valuable addition to literature on this...historical event." (Publishers Weekly).

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A Terrible Glory
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $17.00 US/$19.00 CAN
  • Pages: 560
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316067478
  • On Sale Date: 05/14/2009
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