THE AMERICAN WEST (mostly): Fact and Fiction (mostly fiction)

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

MARCHING TO VALHALLA: A Novel of Custer's Last Days by Michael Blake

What if George Armstrong Custer kept a journal during the ill-fated Montana expedition that ended with his death near the Little Bighorn? What if the journal encompassed his life and military career beginning with the Civil War right on up to the day before his last battle? If there had been such a journal, the result would be this book.

Far-fetched? Not really. Custer was an accomplished writer who had one book and numerous magazine articles to his credit.

Michael Blake, better known as the author of  Dances With Wolves, is able to take on the persona of Col. Custer to such a degree that it is easy at times to forget that it is a work of fiction.

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