November 03, 2012

Lincoln & Custer in November

November is an exciting month historically speaking as two of my favorite historical figures are getting special treatments. Can't wait for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln the biographical war drama film. Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. Visit the Official Website for more:

Also looking forward to picking up the new book 'Custer' by Larry McMurtry of Lonesome Dove (the best TV show ever!)  and Brokeback Mountain fame. 

McMurtry has long been fascinated with the notorious general and his long flowing locks and has finally done something about it.

After turning down the opportunity for years, the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning author has finally written his own take on Custer and the legendary battle that brought him down. Aptly called Custer, McMurtry's book does what dozens of others on Custer have not.
It cuts through many of the myths, including what was actually said at the battle on June 25, 1876. McMurtry doubts, for instance, that Custer's famous cry, "Hurrah boys, we've got them," was ever uttered.

McMurtry tells the story of one of America's most famous — and important — battles in his unique and personal style in a series of short chatty chapters that are accompanied by lavish illustrations and historic photographs.
In short, it's entertaining and educational at the same time. McMurtry states his case early on.

"No matter what I write here, Custer's fights will continue to engage historians," he writes. "One of the duties of a short life is to bring clarity to the subject."
And McMurtry does, not only zeroing in on the idiosyncratic Custer, but the rest of the colorful characters — Indian leaders Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull; military men Sheridan and Sherman and Grant; such legends as Buffalo Bill Cody; and Custer's widow, Libbie, who was his PR agent for years after his death.

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