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JAMES E. MUELLER. Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud

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JAMES E. MUELLER. Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud. University of Oklahoma Press. Hardcover, 272 pages, $29.96, oupress.com.

Custer’s defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn was big news in 1876. Newspaper reports initiated hot debates about who was to blame for the loss—an argument that ignites passion to this day. Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud explores a wide range of newspaper coverage—some grim, some circumspect, some even laced with humor—and offers a unique take on the dramatic events that so shook the American public.