Why did I love this book?
A rare foray into non-fiction by an accomplished poet and novelist, Son of the Morning Star approaches its subject via a rambling journey through the Old American West. It meanders more than the snaking Little Bighorn River itself, yet every digression helps to build a wonderfully vivid sense of time and place. Deploying a wry, conversational style, Connell analyses the historical and cultural background to ‘Custer’s Last Stand’, and explores the personalities of the key protagonists, both among Custer’s Seventh Cavalry, and the Native American tribes of the Great Plains who fought against them. At times both funny and shocking, this is an original and eloquent retelling of one of the best-known disasters in military history.