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Product Details

  • Series: A Novel of the Civil War
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345527356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345527356
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (443 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

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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Another well researched, well written novel by Jeff Shaara.
Harold Tucker
Once again Jeff Shaara has out done himself with this excellent novel on a Civil War conflict, The Battle at Shiloh, in his latest book A Blaze of Glory.
LIGolfer
If you are a lover of Civil War history I highly recommend Jeff Shaara's books.
Robert R. Briggs

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94 of 102 people found the following review helpful By David Keymer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2012
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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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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Ralph H. Peters on May 31, 2012
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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 53 people found the following review helpful By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 27, 2012
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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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