Livingston Lecture: T. J. Stiles, Custer’S Trials: A Life On The Frontier Of New America

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Livingston Lecture: T. J. Stiles, Custer’S Trials: A Life On The Frontier Of New America
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Atlanta History Center says
In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer's legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer's historical caricature, revealing a capable yet insecure man, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (court-martialed twice in six years) and the new corporate economy, a wartime emancipator who rejected racial equality. Stiles argues that, although Custer was justly noted for his exploits on the western frontier, he also played a central role as both a wide-ranging participant and polarizing public figure in his extraordinary, transformational time – a time of civil war, emancipation, brutality toward Native Americans, and, finally, the industrial revolution – even as he became one of its casualties.

T. J. Stiles is the author of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, winner of the 2009 National Book Award in Nonfiction and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, and Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War, winner of the Ambassador Book Award and the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship. He received a 2011 Guggenheim fellowship and a 2004 Gilder Lehrman Fellowship in American History at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and was a member of the 2014 faculty for the World Economic Forum. An elected member of the Society of American Historians and a member of the board of the Authors Guild, he lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two children.

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Support: The Livingston Lectures are made possible with generous funding from the Livingston Foundation.
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