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In a prequel of sorts to his father Michael Shaara's 1974 epic novel The Killer Angels, Jeff Shaara explores the lives of Generals Lee, Hancock, Jackson and Chamberlain as the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg approaches. Shaara captures the disillusionment of both Lee and Hancock early in their careers, Lee's conflict with loyalty, Jackson's overwhelming Christian ethic and Chamberlain's total lack of experience, while illustrating how each compensated for shortcomings and failures when put to the test. The perspectives of the four men, particularly concerning the battles at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, make vivid the realities of war. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Like father, like son? The publisher is aggressively linking Shaara's first novel with The Killer Angels, the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning (1974) novel about the Battle of Gettysburg by his father, Michael Shaara (d. 1988). Indeed, the son's book is a prequel to the father's, following some of its central characters, generals all, from 1858 until 1863 and Gettysburg. The good news is that, while not matching his father's beautifully wrought prose, Shaara tells a tale impressive in its sweep, depth of character and historic verisimilitude. Generals Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Winfield Scott Hancock are back fighting for the North, and Robert E. Lee for the South. The story is told from their points of view, along with that of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. Each is a reluctant warrior who emerges as a gifted soldier possessed of a strong moral conscience in a time of bitter partisanship and hatred. Because it covers five eventful years, the narrative is sometimes overwhelmed by its wealth of dramatic material; the battles, though convincingly realized, tend to blur into one another. Yet, like his father, Shaara gets deeply into the minds of his protagonists, particularly Stonewall Jackson, who, though shy and deeply religious, proved to be a brutally efficient military leader. Like father, like son? Not quite, but the Shaara genes, it seems, are in fine shape. Major ad/promo; author tour. (July) FYI: Gods and Generals will debut in Gettysburg during the July 4th week, to tie in with the annual Civil War reenactment.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The stories of the Civil War have always interested me. My great grandfather fought with the Federal Troops in the Civil War. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sarah Finch
Only on the fact that there are no sketches or diagrams of the battles or movements like in The Killer Angels. Great book though.Published 21 days ago by Jaime Garza
It was interesting reading about the Generals during the Civil War. I was impressed with Jackson and Lee. I liked that each chapter was about a different General. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kathleen N. Partridge
Another very good book by Jeff Shaara. Don't waste your time watching the movie version because it did not follow the book like Gettysburg did.Published 29 days ago by Timothy H
First rate or equal to Killer Angels. Does an excellent job of looking inside the minds of the leaders it focuses on.Published 1 month ago by James R. Vogus
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What a great book, since the rebel flag is under attack I wanted to know more about the Civil War, which I am pleased to have... Read more