• A Terrible Glory

  • Custer and the Little Bighorn: The Last Great Battle of the American West
  • By: James Donovan
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (155 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A rousing and meticulously researched account of the notorious Battle of Little Big Horn and its unforgettable cast of characters from Sitting Bull to Custer himself.

In June of 1876, on a desolate hill above a winding river called "the Little Bighorn", George Armstrong Custer and all 210 men under his direct command were annihilated by almost 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. The news of this devastating loss caused a public uproar, and those in positions of power promptly began to point 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 audiobook to relate the entire story of this endlessly fascinating battle and the first to call upon all the significant research and findings of the past 25 years - which have changed significantly how this controversial event is perceived. Furthermore, it is the first to bring to light the details of the US Army cover-up - and unravel one of the greatest mysteries in US military history.

Scrupulously researched, A Terrible Glory will stand as a landmark work. Brimming with authentic detail and an unforgettable cast of characters - from Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse to Ulysses Grant and Custer himself - this is history with the sweep of a great novel. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2008 James Donovan (P)2019 Hachette Audio
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Terrific story of Custer, the Little Big Horn

This book "A Terrible Glory" was a very insightful unbiased view of Custer, his life and those around him. Told from the views of both the American Army and the Indians of the West. The book Shows exactly how and why the battle took place the way it did and gives details as to those involved and how they handled the battle. Both from a heroic and less than heroic standpoint.

Clearly, Custer was up against from the get go of the expedition of 1876, From lack of support in Washington and definite lack of support from his officers. That coupled with arrogance of invincibility on Custer's part caused the demise of nearly all of the 7th Calvary.

The narrator was very good, no worries in getting used to his voice, tone and definitely no problems with pronunciations of names and places, which is always a issue with me.

HIghly recommend this book to anyone interested Custer and the battle of the Little Big Horn. Also the PDF of maps included are a tremendous aide in following the armies movements. Only drawback here is the author attention to extreme detail can be a bit lengthy but It certainly does not deter from the excellent job done here

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Great book and narration

Grabbed this title after visiting the battlefield last weekend. This book was on display there so wanting to know more listened to this on the drive home. First off the narrator was great. Was a little worried after reading a few negative comments regarding it but not sure why they were complaining. Just listen to the sample provided as it was all I needed to know those commenters must of been expecting Sir Lawrence Olivia.

The book itself was well researched and the author steered clear of conjecture or personal opinion. I appreciated that he didn’t state Custer’s death was a suicide as some do based on the reported gunshot wound to his head. Maybe it was but no no one survived that portion of the battle who was under his command.

Overall a great historical accounting of the event with context of people and events prior to the battle for context and it’s aftermath.

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Good history but tough to follow

While listening to this history, you need a map and compass in your head. If you are not intimately familiar with the geography and landscape of the north central plains, it is difficult to imagine where each grou p is located and therefore who has the physical, geographic advantage.

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Great book

Any fan of westerns or military history will enjoy the wonderful account, probably the most legendary battle next to the fabled spartan 300 or d day. Well done and read.

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Terribly Wonderful

This author provides a historically objective and seemingly accurate telling of our nation's imperfect past.

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Comprehensive and Well Told

Wonderdully crafted narrative of not just the battle, but the lead up and aftermath as well. It was definitely easier to imagine and follow the timeline of those days after being to the battle site.

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Outstanding!

Lots of great detail and Inormation in this easy-to-listen read with a great narrator! Perfect for a visit to the Battlefield.

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Interesting, well read.

I don’t know a lot of the background of this battle or it’s aftermath. I did find the book interesting and, I think, unbiased. It certainly prompted me to want to understand this part of history better.

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Truth

The author is descriptive and covers facts writing with tale of history that makes you enjoy history without being too dry.

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Good purchase

Very detailed and insightful. I Enjoyed the book. It gave me a lot more detail into the individual people then I had heard before

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  • G Reid
  • 02-06-22

Excellent account of Little Bighorn

A pretty definitive account of the battle, and the events leading up to it. About a quarter of the book deals with the tragic aftermath, all the way up to Wounded Knee.

The narrator is excellent, injecting pace and life into the text, and inflecting the accents to being the participants’ words to life. Thoroughly recommended, but not exactly a cheerful listen…

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-25-21

excellent

I cannot recommend this enough. a brilliant book-emotional & clarifies issues surrounding the actual historical facts. brilliant 👏

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  • Mr. O. Walter
  • 11-04-20

Comprehensive and well-balanced

Very well structured, with plenty of information about Custer's training and early career and the events preceding the Black Hills Campaign, but thoroughly comprehensive in describing the lead up to the battle, the battle itself, and its aftermath. It may have benefitted by more closely examining the Indian perspective, regarding the battle's events, the behaviour in general of the US military, and what they thought of Custer himself.

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  • 02-15-20

Loved this audiobook.

An exciting historical audiobook. Well written & researched.. Entertainingly narrated the historical figures come alive as you listen.
Terrific.

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  • Nogbad the bad
  • 05-08-19

Interesting but .....

Very interesting book flawed by the awful narration sound like he is reading it sat on the toilet!
No interest in his voice this should have been checked before sale might as well have a robot reading it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-22

not history

very biased. wanted a fair historically told account of the event, but the author clearly has his mind made up

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  • karl
  • 05-15-22

Returned

This account is so incredibly one-sided that it can’t be seen as “history” at all. Unfortunate.