AOT #509: T.J. Stiles Podcasts Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner T. J. Stiles discusses Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America. In this magisterial biography, 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 volatile, contradictory, intense person capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military. The book casts surprising new light on a near-mythic American figure, a man both widely known and little understood.