Books: The Rash Colonel

CUSTER'S GOLD by Donald Jackson. 152 pages. Yale. $5.

THE BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIGHORN by Mari Sandoz. 191 pages. Lippincott. $4.50.

Lithe and handsome in fringed white buckskin, his golden mane glinting in the sunlight, dashing George Armstrong Custer stood before a tattered guidon of the Seventh Cavalry, smiting bloodthirsty Sioux hip and thigh. Finally, standing tall, his dead troops strewn about him, Custer faced a climactic Indian charge singlehanded and became the last man to die at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

That was the way Errol Flynn did it in They Died With Their Boots On in 1941. How George...

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