The Last Days of Custer (Casemate, $32.95)

OCT14-fights-on-little-big-horn-webThe Fights on the Little Horn: Unveiling the Mysteries of Custer’s Last Stand, Gordon Harper’s exhaustive look at Custer’s Last Stand disagrees with several noted historians on issues ranging from the size of the Indian village to Custer’s actions. His analysis favors Custer in the debate on the blame for the disaster.

The title defies convention by dropping “Big” from “Little Horn,” which Harper claimed was the correct name. Harper studied the battle for about 50 years but died before completing his book. However, the writers who finished it for him preserved his passionate style. The book is too detailed for general readers, but the extensive research and focused conclusions make it an essential read for serious students.

—James E. Mueller, author of Shooting Arrows & Slinging Mud

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