Annal: 1985 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History

Results of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the year 1985.

Book:Son of the Morning Star

Son of the Morning Star: Custer and The Little Bighorn

Evan S. Connell

Custer’s Last Stand is among the most enduring events in American history—more than one hundred years after the fact, books continue to be written and people continue to argue about even the most basic details surrounding the Little Bighorn. Evan S. Connell, whom Joyce Carol Oates has described as “one of our most interesting and intelligent American writers,” wrote what continues to be the most reliable—and compulsively readable—account of the subject. Connell makes good use of his meticulous research and novelist’s eye for the story and detail to re-vreate the heroism, foolishness, and savagery of this crucial chapter in the history of the West.

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