T. J. Stiles will discuss Custer's Trials: A New Life on the Frontier of a New America

EVENT OVERVIEW:  T. J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author, will discuss his New Book Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  T. J. Stiles is the Bestselling 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

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  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 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 (he was court-martialed twice in six years).  The key to understanding Custer, Stiles writes, is keeping in mind that he lived on a frontier in "time."

In the Civil War, the West, and many areas overlooked in previous biographies, Custer helped to create modern America, but he could never adapt to it.  He freed countless slaves yet rejected new civil rights laws.  He proved his heroism but missed the dark reality of war for so many others.  A talented combat leader, he struggled as a "manager "in the West.  He tried to make a fortune on Wall Street yet never connected with the new corporate economy.  Native Americans fascinated him, but he could not see them as fully human.  A popular writer, he remained apart from Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and other rising intellectuals. During Custer s lifetime, Americans saw their world remade.  His admirers saw him as the embodiment of the Nation's gallant youth, of all that they were losing; his detractors despised him for resisting a more complex and promising future.

Intimate, dramatic, and provocative, this biography captures the larger story of the changing nation in Custer s tumultuous marriage to his highly educated wife, Libbie; their complicated relationship with Eliza Brown, the forceful black woman who ran their household; as well as his battles and expeditions.  It casts surprising new light on a near-mythic American figure, a man both widely known and little understood.

DATE & TIME:  Monday, November 09, 2015 at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  T. J. Stiles will Present his New Hardcover Custer's Trials and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required.  Visit www.KCLibrary.org to Register or Call the Library at 816-701-3407.  Seating is General Admission.  Rainy Day Books will have T. J. Stiles Books for Sale at this Event.


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DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
SKU: A9780307592644

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK ONLY: Includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of Custer's Trials by T.J. Stiles.

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