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Product Details

  • Paperback: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Box edition (April 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345433726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345433725
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 2.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Jeff M. Shaara rounds out the Civil War Trilogy started by his late father Michael Shaara, whose book The Killer Angels described the Battle of Gettysburg. While Gods and Generals covered action prior to Gettysburg, The Last Full Measure picks up with Confederate General Robert E. Lee's retreat from Pennsylvania and continues through the end of the war. The younger Shaara focuses on the characters of Lee and Union commander Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, both of whom play prominent roles in the earlier books. He also introduces a new one: Ulysses S. Grant, the Union general who would finally defeat the South--something no soldier before him could manage. The Last Full Measure is often exciting and poignant, and fans of The Killer Angels and Gods and Generals won't be disappointed. A nicely boxed edition of this classic historical fiction. --John Miller

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“Brilliant does not even begin to describe the Shaara gift.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
“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, on Gods and Generals
 
“Remarkable . . . a book that changed my life . . . I had never visited Gettysburg, knew almost nothing about that battle before I read the book, but here it all came alive.”—Ken Burns, on The Killer Angels
 
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

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This is a book you really can't put down!
Rita
Michael and Jeff Shaara both have a very good way of drawing the reader into the story that is being told.
Fred
I would recommend this book to any history buff or Civil War enthusiast.
Mark D. Hawthorne

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Charles Rhoads on March 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
Yes, these books are fiction, but they are all based on fact. Although the authors take some liberties with specific facts, most of the writing follows very closely to the actual events of the Civil War. When you read other "non-fiction" books on the Civil War, the accuracy of these books will be evident. If you liked Killer Angels, you will love Gods and Generals and the Last Full Measure. Jeff Shaara writes exactly like his father and completes the entire story of the Civil War. I couldn't put them down.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
Several months ago I saw the movie "Gettysburg" based on Michael Saara's novel- The Killer Angels. Since I was deeply moved by the film I decided to buy the book. I couldn't put it down- it was even stronger that the film. M Saara didn't try to stick to one side of the story: he wrote it from the point of view of those who took part in the Civil War with no regard to the colour of their uniform. He portrays us the battles and the feelings of the soldiers from both camps in an intelligent and beautiful way and style. After his father's death, Jeff Saara decided to continue his work by writing two other books which all together make a wonderful and touching trilogy. The two novels written by Jeff are as good as 'The Killer Angels' and I would like to shake his hand and tell him how breathtaking and deeply human this trilogy is. Good work! Don't miss it!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tribble on November 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This trilogy has touched me like no other books based on historical events have. Knowing full-well that these books fictionalize certain aspects of the characters, they nonetheless stir the emotions and evoke sympathy equally for both sides. Based on the descriptions of the early part of the war, I felt exasperation for the inept decisions of the northern leaders; later, as the inevitable end approached, I ached for Lee and the suffering of the confederate soldiers. These books opened up issues that in my previous studies were depicted in much more black and white terms. By the stirring depictions of the actions and characters, myriad and complex social and economic issues are raised, many of which continue to be debated today. These books have inspired me to pursue additional studies in the Civil War. I highly recommend that they be read by every American; they provide an interesting and emotional baptism into the most pivotal period of our nation's history.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Kellermann on May 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
This trilogy about the American Civil War was inspiring to me. These books showed the leaders of this war in a different way than any other history book I've read. It showed their thoughts and feelings. This trilogy showed me why generals made certain decisions in that time period. The trilogy showed me why the war had come about. The trilogy also showed me what happened to the leaders after these horrible events that had to happen. These are the greatest books I have ever read.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kevin P. Schultz on October 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
I disagree with B. Borden's review of these books. These three books are my three favoirte books of all time. Killer Angels is absolutely the best. The writing style in Gods and Generals seemed so close to the Killer Angels that you would think it was the same author. The books cross-reference one another. After reading Gods and Generals I had to read Killer Angels again and it just FLOWED so smoothly! The Last Full Measure gave me a sense of closure by completing the saga. I would probably give The Last Full Measure 4 stars, not quite as much of a page-turner as Killer Angels and Gods and Generals, but still VERY good reading. (My wife makes fun of me because I had a few teardrops roll down my cheeks reading the end of The Last Full Measure).
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jaha on March 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
I had never been much of a civil war buff until after I saw the film Gettysburg. The movie was so good that I ran out and bought the entire trilogy. I must say the the father and son duo have a gift for prose rivaled by few. The most intriguing aspect about these novels is not only are they a great story but that they are inhabited with factual characters and events. They do not read like history books rather more like a fictional novel and they are so well done you can almost believe that this is the exact way everything transpired. What ulimately gets me about these books is not the great storytelling but at the characters the Shaara's develop. The battle descriptions and plotline is adequately described but the interactions and conversations held between the main characters is amazing. Plus the Shaara's obviously studied hard and every character is based upon a historical figure. Even down to some privates. This is a unique trilogy in that it began with the middle book (The Killer Angels) written by Michael. After his death and the development of the film Gettysburgh, Jeff took over and wrote the first and last novels. Jeff not only captures his fathers writing style and character development but he also furthers it. The original novel by Michael was rather short yet still compelling. Jeff's prequel and finale are much more in depth, longer, and full of more detail. At times Jeff struggles a tad to keep some emotions in line with his fathers work and while these are not bad they tend to appear out of place in his own books. Jeff's battle descriptions are also much more in depth than his fathers. One finaly aspect that may hinder your enjoyment of Killer Angels is that the movie was pretty much taken from the book verbatim.Read more ›
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