THOM’S NEXT BOOK
Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press
December 10, 2013
Advance Praise for Glorious War
“A lively and very readable account of the
early career of George Armstrong Custer.”
-Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer Prize Winner and
Author of Lonesome Dove
“Finally, instead of the zoom lens focus on
George Armstrong Custer at the Little Big
Horn, we are treated to a wide angle portrait
of Custer the Civil War hero. The ‘Boy
General’—promoted to Brigadier General at
23—receives from acclaimed author Thom
Hatch a rich portrait that is no hagiography,
but rather painted in a multitude of colors
befitting the swashbuckling adventurer with
his yellow curls and red ties. Both those long
fascinated by Custer, and students of the
Civil War, will find new insights to enliven
the Custer conversation.”
-Ronald C. White, Jr., The New York
Times bestselling author of A. Lincoln
“George Armstrong Custer is remembered for
a single, spectacular defeat, yet he was one
of America's most successful soldiers. Thom
Hatch explores that historical contradiction in
this exciting tale of Custer's forgotten Civil
War career. Hatch's prose, as fast-paced as a
cavalry charge, sweeps the reader along
through many of the Civil War's greatest
battles, while also creating deft portraits of
Custer and his contemporaries. Solid history
and good reading.”
-Paul Andrew Hutton, University of New
From the Publisher:
Glorious War, the thrilling and definitive biography of George Armstrong Custer’s Civil War years, is nothing short of a heart-pounding cavalry charge through the battlefield heroics that thrust the gallant young officer into the national spotlight in the midst of the country’s darkest hours. From West Point to the daring actions that propelled him to the rank of general at age twenty-three to his unlikely romance with Libbie Bacon, Custer’s exploits are the stuff of legend.
Always leading his men from the front with a personal courage seldom seen before or since, he was a key part of nearly every major engagement in the east. Not only did Custer capture the first battle flag taken by the Union and receive the white flag of surrender at Appomattox, but his field generalship at Gettysburg against Confederate cavalry General Jeb Stuart had historic implications in changing the course of that pivotal battle.
For decades, historians have looked at Custer strictly through the lens of his death on the frontier, casting him as a failure. While some may say that the events that took place at the Little Big Horn are illustrative of America’s bloody westward expansion, they have in the process unjustly eclipsed Custer’s otherwise extraordinarily life and outstanding career and fall far short of encompassing his incredible service to his country. This biography of thundering cannons, pounding hooves, and stunning successes tells the true story of the origins of one of history’s most dynamic and misunderstood figures. Award-winning historian Thom Hatch reexamines Custer’s early career to rebalance the scales and show why Custer’s epic fall could never have happened without the spectacular rise that made him an American legend.
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A chapter excerpt from Glorious War
appears in the November 2013 issue of
America's Civil War magazine.
BOOK COVER FOR
THE LAST OUTLAWS
TO BE RELEASED IN JANUARY 2014
*Scroll Down for Reviews of
The Last Outlaws*
Thom has been providing information from his latest book, The Last Outlaws, as a consultant for the producers of a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and recently sat for the camera as an on-screen expert commentator. The program will air next season on the PBS top-rated The American Experience.
THE LAST OUTLAWS:
THE LIVES AND LEGENDS OF
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
by Thom Hatch
Western Writers of America
Spur Award Winning Author
Penguin/New American Library
February 5, 2013
"'It has always been a difficult task,' writes Mr.
Hatch, 'to trace those Old West characters who
crisscrossed the line separating respectable work
and banditry.' But I can't imagine a writer doing a
more scrupulous job of it than he does in his
history of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid...
Mr. Hatch carefully sketches the backgrounds of
the men, and any reader who plans to hold up a
railroad should start with his book. The Last
Outlaws is eloquent of not only the Old West that
we think of when we see a photograph of a butte
or a mustang or a Colt revolver but also of the
implacable forces of time and change that
-The Wall Street Journal
"An absorbing and entertaining read...Hatch is
excellent at rooting out the available facts about
the men's early lives, which he then uses to
suggest, in a wisely light-handed way, the
components of their psychology...A yeoman's job
of tracking down and assembling the dossiers and
"The author has collected an amazing amount of
data and written authoritatively on Butch and
Sundance’s last, twisting trail... Hatch, like Paul
Newman and Robert Redford in the celebrated
1969 film, catches the infectious spirit of the two
men and their exploits."
-Dallas Morning News
"Hatch covers the duo's evolution from ranch
hands to robbers with a reporter's eye and a
novelist's sense of drama. Some escapades have
been told before, but Hatch's enthusiasm for the
material and empathy for his subjects makes
them seem new."
“Mr. Hatch is an accomplished historian with a
journalist’s eye and a novelist’s touch.”
-The Washington Times
"'The Last Outlaws' is extremely well-written and
feels more like a novel or work of fiction
compared to a factual biography. It's a must read
for any fan of the Old West and the outlaw life."
-Salt Lake City Deseret News
"Hatch, the acclaimed western historian,
succeeds in sifting out the film’s embellishments in
this excellent dual biography."
"Hatch achieves what most historical writers fail
at, engaging their readers while giving a
full-untainted history of their choice material...
Beautifully creating a vivid image of who these
men truly were and what motivated them."
"Hatch does a fine job of telling this story. It’s an
interesting and entertaining read. Butch and his
sidekick would probably have enjoyed it."
"In this dual biography of celebrated bandits, a
specialist in the Old West deftly separates fact
"'The Last Outlaws' offers a compelling look at
two of history’s most famous outlaws."
-Cowboys & Indians
"The author tells a story every bit as interesting
as the Hollywood film about the outlaws. And
when you have a well-told tale read in an
engaging manner, you have a most enjoyable
audio experience. In all, the book is a fun and
AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
The Tattered Cover Book Store
In Historic LoDo Denver, Colorado
For inviting me
To speak and sign books
The Boulder Bookstore
In Boulder, Colorado
For inviting me
To speak and sign books
Thanks also to:
Prime Time Radio on SiriusXM
The Mike Cuthbert Show
National Geographic Weekend with Boyd Matson
Voices of the West with Emil Franzi
The Colorado Springs Gazette
The Ranchland News
For the great interviews!
This book is the March, 2013 History Book Club main selection.
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