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John Koster, “the distinguished author of literary works dealing with the American Indian, is known for his thorough knowledge of American Indian history. John Koster’s first book, The Road To Wounded Knee, won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Distinguished Public Service for his personal coverage and analytical research into the American Indian Movement. He has also written about American Indians for the British Marshall Cavendish syndicate and for Wild West. He wrote about the American Civil War for Civil War Times Illustrated.

John Koster wrote about the clash of cultures on the Pacific Rim for American History, with Japanese translations by his wife, award-winning children’s editor Shizuko Obo, and with Minjae Kim as Korean translator. A Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Army, Koster is fluent in German, French, Italian, Spanish and marginal Lakota. He also served as adjunct professor at Ramapo State College teaching to write for publication.”  John Koster is the author of Custer Survivor: The End of a Myth, the Beginning of a Legend; and, the co-author of The Road to Wounded Knee.

According to the book description of Custer Survivor: The End of a Myth, the Beginning of a Legend, “It has been recorded in official government records that there were no survivors of the five companies of the Seventh Cavalry who were with General George Armstrong Custer at the battle at the Little Big Horn. Recently, uncovered records and forensic handwriting evidence, the latter verified by forensic handwriting experts, reveal that one trooper, a sergeant in "C" Company of the Seventh Cavalry, actually escaped the onslaught of Sioux and Cheyenne. The author has tracked the man and his activity during the battle and has brought them together in Custer Survivor. Custer Survivor, through documented accounts recreates the scene from the Sioux and Cheyenne encampment the night before the battle through the action the following day, the remarkable "escape" of the wounded survivor, the aftermath of the battle and his fascinating life thereafter. Professor Louise Barnett, a fellow of the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University, writes the Introduction.”



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