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A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh (Civil War: 1861-1865, Western Theater series) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Shaara
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Book Description

“[An] exciting read . . . [Jeff] Shaara returns to the U.S. Civil War in this first book of a new trilogy. . . . This novel is meticulously researched and brings a vivid reality to the historical events depicted.”—Library Journal
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Spring 1862. The Confederate Army in the West teeters on the brink of collapse. General Albert Sidney Johnston is forced to abandon the critical city of Nashville and rally his troops in defense of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. Hot on Johnston’s trail are two of the Union’s best generals: Ulysses Grant and Don Carlos Buell. If their combined forces can crush Johnston’s army and capture the railroad, the war in the West likely will be over. There’s just one problem: Johnston knows of the Union plans and is poised to launch an audacious surprise attack on Grant’s encampment—a small settlement in southwestern Tennessee anchored by a humble church named Shiloh.
 
Drawing on meticulous research, Jeff Shaara dramatizes the key decisions of the commanders on both sides of the conflict—and brings to life the junior officers, conscripts, and enlisted men who gave their all for the cause. With stunning immediacy, Shaara takes us inside the maelstrom of Shiloh as no novelist has before.
 
“Brilliant . . . riveting . . . a work to be embraced.”—Bookreporter

Includes a preview of Jeff Shaara’s next Civil War novel, A Chain of Thunder.


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PRAISE FOR JEFF SHAARA’S ACCLAIMED CIVIL WAR NOVELS
 
Gods and Generals
 
“Shaara’s beautifully sensitive novel delves deeply in the empathetic realm of psycho-history, where enemies do not exist—just mortal men forced to make crucial decisions and survive on the same battlefield.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Powerful . . . Though the story of the Civil War has been told many times, this is the rare version that conveys what it must have felt like.”—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Compelling . . . a work of vivid drama and skill.”—The Dallas Morning News
 
The Last Full Measure
 
The Last Full Measure is more than another historical novel. It is rooted in history, but its strength is the element of humanity flowing through its characters. . . . The book is compelling, easy to read, well researched and written, and thought-provoking. . . . In short, it is everything that a reader could ask for.”—Chicago Tribune
 
“[Shaara] writes with considerable sensitivity and skill, setting vivid scenes and adding drama and suspense to a familiar tale.”—The Seattle Times
 
“Masterful . . . These characters come alive as complex, heroic, and flawed men.”—Baltimore Sun

About the Author

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Chain of Thunder, A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure—two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. He lives again in Tallahassee.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2595 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345527364
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OCYR1C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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96 of 104 people found the following review helpful
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This is the fourth novel by Shaara that I've reviewed, one for a journal and three on Amazon. I've read his father's The Killer Angels and all but one of Jeff Shaara's war novels, and generally have enjoyed them. Some are better than others (especially Gone for Soldiers, 2000, which is about the Mexican War), but all are good reads. That's what this book is -a good read, which will appeal to the legion of devotees of Civil War battles. It's the first in a projected trilogy of novels about the neglected Civil War campaigns in the West.

The battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862) was the first major battle in the West. As horrific as the Battle of Bull Run (July 1861) was in the East, with sixty thousand combatants and five thousand casualties, it pales in scale beside Shiloh -100,000 soldiers faced off against each other there and 24,000 of them paid the price in death or injury. But the politicians and reporters were in the East, not the West, and no Matthew Brady or Alexander Gardner to record the devastation left by battle on film. In short, it's good to have this novelization of the campaign by Shaara, who has proven his competency in recording such battles. It reminds us both how important the campaign was and how fragile a triumph over defeat can be.

The campaign produced its heroes. When the rebel commander, Albert Sidney Johnson, was wounded, he didn't realize how serious his injury was and bled to death on the battlefield. His subordinate, the arrogant, self-centered Pierre Beauregard, replaced him and made absolutely the wrong decision, throwing away the victory that Johnson was on the verge of winning by ordering the rebel troops to stand down for the night and rest. What could have been a rout of the Federal Army was reversed.
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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaara's "secret service" May 31, 2012
Format:Hardcover
It's easier to criticize than to create. As a fellow writer, I cannot help but admire Jeff Shaara's body of work--and this vivid new novel--but I'm also grateful for the "secret service" that he (like his father before him) has performed in humanizing the stick figures and marble heroes lying dead on the pages of "serious" history texts. Interpretations as to character or confused events (it's bewildering how widely eyewitness accounts of the same historic incidents can vary) are a matter of filtering the known facts through personal experience, and in this book and so many others, Shaara has done a powerful, conscientious job of bringing the past to sweating, suffering, troubling, valiant, inspiring life. This is vitally important today, when history is poorly taught in our schools (when it is taught at all) and the citizenry suffers from historical amnesia--leaving the voter prey to demagogues who make up their own convenient "facts." The Shaara dynasty has made history accessible and exciting: Many a reader who would not have picked up a straightforward history book has been seduced into a lifelong romance with the past by first encountering it in the Shaara novels. This book, too, is a powerful "stealth" educational tool (as well as a fine read), and many new-to-the-Civil-War readers will go on to read straight-no-chaser histories of the Shiloh campaign and the personalities dramatized in these pages. Of course, any historical novelist must strive for maximum accuracy--the known facts must be respected (as Shaara does). It's unfair, however, to ride a personal hobbyhorse and criticize the novelist because his insight into the human gaps between the ranks of data disagrees with yours. Read more ›
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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A Blaze Of Glory is Shaara's first book in a planned Civil War trilogy and focuses on the Battle Of Shiloh; considered to be one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles on American soil. Without going into a lot of detail, the book takes place in April 1862, when Major General U.S. Grant led his troops deep into Tennessee, setting up camp around a small log church called Shiloh. On the morning of April 6th, Confederate forces launched a surprise attack on the Union Army encampment to prevent the Union advance into Northern Mississippi. Though the Confederates held the advantage for most of the first day, Union reinforcements arrived later in the day and launched a counterattack on April 7th successfully forcing the Confederates to retreat, which subsequently led to ending the battle.

Overall, if you're a Civil War history buff and a lover of in-depth historical fiction, I think you will enjoy A Blaze Of Glory a great deal. The book demonstrates the extensive research Shaara did, much of which is presented in considerable detail, as well as his ability to blend a "you're there" immediacy into the story. That said, however, while I found the facts described to be interesting and the story to be well told, I occasionally found the facts to get in the way of the plot itself; thus slowing down the book's pace and making it somewhat plodding to read during these occasions. This is why I've given the book a 4-star, rather than a 5-star, rating.

I hope this review is helpful to you in deciding if A Blaze Of Glory is a book you'll want to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written. An exciting book about a part of ...
Well written. An exciting book about a part of the Civil War not publicised. A very important battle that deserves a lot of viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must if you're interested in the Civil War and it's key conflicts.
Published 6 days ago by barry a patrie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
No one does the Civil War like Shaara!
Published 6 days ago by Patrick A. Wall
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with interesting history information.
Excellent history of the Civil War battle and times. Great for the history Buff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
A very good novel, as I would expect from Jeff Shaara. I have read all of his books being an avid American war history fan and I really appreciate his style and methods, he makes... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting Description of a Momentous Battle
This book manages to present the battle of Shiloh in an even-handed way,'from the viewpoints of both sides, Generals and privates. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mark E. Fontaine
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Published 20 days ago by George Hessenthaler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent --- as advertised. Thank you
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Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure-two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father's Pulitzer Prize--winning classic The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. He lives in Gettysburg.


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