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Product Details

  • Series: the Civil War in the West (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1St Edition edition (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345527410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345527417
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (512 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shaara’s third installment of a four-volume set, taking place in the often neglected western theater of the Civil War, continues to shine a light on a number of the grittiest campaigns and battles of that horrendous conflict. The dramatic events taking place around Chattanooga in the fall of 1863 are chronicled through the eyes of both historical and fictional characters involved in the planning and execution of a series of pivotal martial maneuvers. Under siege at Chattanooga, several Federal armies under the brilliant leadership of the recently promoted Ulysses S. Grant combine in an effort to break the Confederate stranglehold on their critical supply lines, as the fates of both the Union and the Confederacy hang in the balance. Shaara’s mastery of military tactics, his intimate grasp of history, and his ability to interweave several supporting narratives into a cohesive and digestible whole as he revisits a catastrophic period in U.S. history will appeal to a broad range of historical- and military-fiction fans. --Margaret Flanagan

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“Civil War history fiends will be riveted.”—Parade

The Smoke at Dawn is a beautifully written novel about a battle usually ignored. The historical details and the personal examinations fuse perfectly—with the raw power of the battle meshed hand-in-hand with the inner struggle of the men who determine the fates of others and of nations. Shaara once again elevates history from mere rote fact to explosive and engaging drama.”Bookreporter
 
“Shaara’s mastery of military tactics, his intimate grasp of history, and his ability to interweave several supporting narratives into a cohesive and digestible whole as he revisits a catastrophic period in U.S. history will appeal to a broad range of historical- and military-fiction fans.”Booklist
 
“Top-notch . . . As with the best historical war novels, knowing the ultimate outcome of the bitter fighting is not a bar to engagement.”Publishers Weekly

“Blending historical detail with vivid depictions of battle, Jeff Shaara immerses readers in the world of commanders and common soldiers, civilians and statesmen. . . . The Smoke at Dawn vividly recreates the climactic months of the war in the West, when the fate of a divided nation truly hangs in the balance.”Huntington News

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That is the worst part about a really good book - you come to the end!
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Highly recommend this book to any civil war buff or someone who likes a great read.
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The descriptions of the battles fought is, as always, done very well by Shaara.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By plane on June 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the third book by Shaara about the Civil War in the west. I feel that it is the best so far, reading almost like a novel rather than a dry history of battles fought by people long ago. Shaara has come up with descriptions of factual events that he imparts interpretations to making them come alive to the reader. The Union army of the Cumberland under the command of William Rosecrans captures the rail hub at Chattanooga. Pursuing the fleeing Confederates Rosecrans loses control and is beaten at Chickamauga Creek causing him to retreat back to to Chattanooga. The Confederate commander Braxton Bragg is confident of destroying the Union forces but is shown as a major cause of dissension among his subordinate officers.
Abraham Lincoln has become disgusted with Rosecrans and removes him from command appointing Ulysses S Grant to become the officer in charge of the entire Union army. Grant, in turn, puts General George Thomas in charge of the forces at Chattanooga, and orders troops commanded by William Sherman and Joseph Hooker to meet up with the army at Chattanooga creating a huge force poised against the Confederates.
Backed by historians studying the period Shaara describes Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy as a man devoid of ability to properly evaluate the people reporting to him and one of the possible causes of the south losing the war. For example there is documentation of officers under Bragg writing to Davis requesting change in the position of the General commanding; that is Braxton Bragg due to his inability to plan proper military operations. Davis does not listen and leaves Bragg in command setting the stage for a northern victory at Chattanooga.
The descriptions of the battles fought is, as always, done very well by Shaara.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ryan J. Dejonghe TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Jeff Shaara is gifted. He has an idiosyncratic ability to enliven history, both in the lessons and especially in the personalization. His story telling ability is lively and emotional. In his latest THE SMOKE AT DAWN, not only does he maintain this tradition, but he may have improved upon it.

My first Shaara reading was his GODS AND GENERALS. After all these years, I can still mentally picture Stonewall Jackson sucking on a lemon, strategizing the consequences of his imminent future. While Shaara paints his historically accurate images, he weaves in the familial relationships and conversations.

In THE SMOKE AT DAWN, those connections have strengthened or weakened to new levels. Fathers have lost their sons; brothers have drawn blood from one another; former war friends are laying siege on each other. While one side may declare a victory, neither side feel they have truly won.

Helpful are the maps, as always before. In his more recent novels, included are small such things as chapter-heading flags to help guide the reader to know which “side” they are reading about. It all weaves together into an easy to understand format that’s quick to be absorbed.

On a related note, as the author mentions in his introduction, if you have the opportunity to visit one of the Civil War battlefields, do so. After reading Shaara’s other works, my visit to Gettysburg was awe-inspiring.

Whether you have read his previous works or if THE SMOKE AT DAWN is your first introduction, you would be remiss to pass along Shaara’s writing. Not only will you learn, but you will be touched.

Thank you! to Ballantine and Random House for providing an electronic review copy of this book. The galley I received did not have the maps yet, but I was able to see the first map in the preview; they appear just as helpful in understanding as his other books.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roger J. Buffington TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 9, 2014
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This novel of the Western Campaign in the Civil War is not as good as "The Killer Angel" series, but it is OK. The storyline meanders and plods along in an almost pointless fashion. The story mainly focuses on the majority view of historians that Confederate General Braxton Bragg was a political intriguer who was genuinely paranoid about being stabbed in the back by this subordinates. There is some lost potential here because the interaction between Generals Grant and Thomas on the Union side must have been genuinely fascinating in real life, because both of these men were fine generals. This novel only somewhat explores this theme. Overall the storyline here meanders around and takes a long time to get to the point, which indeed is what this campaign was actually like. A good read if not one of the great ones. RJB.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Sparrenberger on July 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the third novel in a series that follows the western campaign of the Civil War. This particular book focuses around Chattanooga.

I've read every book that Jeff has written and I found this one slow at times. His recent books have added a minor character to the mix that I'm not sure I enjoy. In his eastern Civil War novels he basically focuses on the big generals and discussions among them. For me I just found the minor character to be lacking in depth and did not add much to the story. Also, the main generals in this book seem to brood a lot and have no meaningful conversations about the situation they find themselves in.

That being said, still a solid book from Shaara with great detail on the battle and the people who fought it. Anyone interested in the Civil War would be hard pressed to find a more readable account of the action and the people who were there.
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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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