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Moraitis, G. (1983). Custer and the Little Big Horn. A Psychobiographical Inquiry: By Charles K. Hofling, M.D. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1981. 118 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 52:136-138.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:136-138

Custer and the Little Big Horn. A Psychobiographical Inquiry: By Charles K. Hofling, M.D. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1981. 118 pp.

Review by:
George Moraitis

It is always easy to be critical when reviewing a book in psychohistory. Custer and the Little Big Horn, however, is considerably more vulnerable than most psychobiographical writings to the reviewer's criticism. Military history, and more specifically the behavior of the leader on the battlefield, is vastly more difficult to interpret psychologically than explorations in art and intellectual history. Charles Hofling, the author of this book, devoted many years of his life to its conception and preparation. He is obviously a sophisticated author who has approached his task with seriousness and dedication. Throughout his work there are frequent indications that he is aware of the limitations of his data and of the psychoanalytic formulations he has employed to interpret them.

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