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A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh (the Civil War in the West) Hardcover – May 29, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read. Shaara has a gift for bringing home the repercussions of failed strategy, the thin line between victory and defeat, and how the common soldier relates to it.Published 8 days ago by Brandon BubaK
Excellent book on this little known but key battle of the Civil War. Like all of Jeff Shaara's books it was well written, suspenseful and a real page turner. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Avid Reader
Mr Shaara's approach of using primary sources such as diaries and letters then creating his alternating character's perceptions of the incidents leading up to and then the battle... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kim
Gives you a feeling of what is was like ... day to day ... not just history of the events.Published 1 month ago by G P Russell
Okay. A good depiction of what it might have been like to be at Shiloh. I really liked Sharra's books about the Revolutionary War and WWII, but somehow just could not get as... Read morePublished 1 month ago by wolf
Anyone interested in Civil War history should read this book. The character development is flawless, the descriptions of the battles and accompanying maps are excellent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by PEG