"Custer Survivor" Gallops into Little Big Horn, "Publishers Weekly" Takes High Ground

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New book about actual survivor of Custer's Last Stand garners positive review from "Publishers Weekly," "Library Journal," History Channel Club, Midwest Book Review and is to be featured at scene of famous battle.

"A carefully deconstructed historical mystery sure to thrill American history enthusiasts" Publishers Weekly

If you think everyone died with Custer at his famous Last Stand, you are about to be corrected. The second sergeant of C Company survived and actually died in 1930. He has been brought to life in John Koster’s new book "Custer Survivor "which is galloping into the valley of the Little Big Horn to be featured at the Custer Battlefield Museum and the Little Big Horn Battlefield Visitors Center at the Crow Agency.

Covering the Custer survivor’s return to the famed battle site, "Publishers Weekly"took the high ground alongside "Library Journal," "Midwest Book Review and the History Channel Club and fired off a well aimed review.“A carefully deconstructed historical mystery sure to thrill American history enthusiasts”, said the reviewer,“… "Koster’s pursuit of the truth behind a great American myth makes for a compelling tale in itself.”

PW’s review rang out alongside "Library Journal’s" earlier volley, "[This well-written and carefully reasoned argument is essential reading for scholars and students of the West and will be of great interest to anyone with even a passing interest in Custer and the Little Bighorn,” the LJ reviewer wrote, giving it a “Highly recommended,” salute.

Observing the action, noted Custer historian Richard Upton commented “John Koster in "Custer Survivor" has hit the bulls-eye.”

It has become an accepted belief that all the troopers in the five companies with George Armstrong Custer died at the famous battle. Subsequent demagoguery elevated the concept of every soldier killed to mythological status. Author John Koster disproves the myth and corrects the record through the use of forensic evidence, extensive research and strict adherence to detail.

John Koster previously co-authored "The Road to Wounded Knee," wrote extensively for "American Heritage, " "National Geographic," "Civil War Times Illustrated," " Wild West " and several other magazines. He is the recipient of the prestigious SDX Award for Public Service and has been nominated for the 2009 SPUR award given annually by the American Western Writers.

"Custer Survivor" 9781933909035, Chronology Books /History Publishing Company, Palisades, NY, pub date Jan. 2, 2010 is available nationally at Barnes and Noble stores, independent bookstores, historical Western specialty bookstores, Little Big Horn national monument and museum shops, and various gift shops and internet book sites throughout the world.

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