George Armstrong Custer, America’s most famously unfortunate soldier, has been the subject of scores of books, but The Custer Reader is unique as a substantial source of classic writings about and by him. Here is Custer as seen by himself, his contemporaries, and leading scholars. Even those steeped in Custeriana will discover new insights in these pieces. Combining first-person narratives, essays, and photographs, this book provides a complete introduction to Custer’s controversial personality and career and the evolution of the Custer myth.

About The Author
Paul Andrew Hutton is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico and author of Soldiers West: Biographies from the Military Frontier and numerous other books and articles.
Robert M. Utley served in the National Park Service for 25 years in various capacities, including Chief Historian from 1964 to 1972. Since his retirement from the federal government in 1980, he has devoted himself full-time to historical research and writing with a specialty in the American West. He is author, among many articles and books he has published, of Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier, Revised Edition; Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life; Lone Star Lawmen: The Second Century of the Texas Rangers; and The Commanders: Civil War Generals Who Shaped the American West. A founder of the Western History Association, Utley has served on its governing council and as its president.

Reviews & Praise
“A unique and valuable compendium, audacious in its scope, riveting in its portrayal of the man and the legend, and filled with penetrating insights. If you can own only one Custer book, this should be it.”—Montana The Magazine of Western History

“Skillfully blends classic articles from the past with engaging new essays by noted Custer scholars. . . . [An] important contribution.”Civil War History

“With a deft hand and careful scrutiny [Hutton] has successfully negotiated the labyrinths inherent in such complex subjects as the Alamo, . . . Phil Sheridan, and George Armstrong Custer. . . . The Custer Reader provides the definitive single-volume reference for the best of Custer scholarship.”—Thomas T. Smith, in Western Historical Quarterly

Book Information
61 b&w illus., 4 maps
608 Pages
Paperback 978-0-8061-3465-9
Published November 2004