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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.
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The great thing about this series is that you get true historical context, but you also are brought face to face with what it was really like to be a soldier in those very tough... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Itznuthin
Couldn't put the book down. Jeffs first perdon narrative makes the battle come alive and puts the reader squarely in the field of battle dodging minnie balls and stepping over... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Donn Bohde
Another great entry in the father-son series continuum! Lose yourself in the past and enjoy the suspense and tension of history!Published 1 month ago by MJL46
Characters well developed . Graphic fighting scenes . A brutal encounter between 2 green armies with modern weapons and ammunition .Published 1 month ago by Lowell Fast
Another wonderful book from Jeff which puts you right in the middle of all the actionPublished 1 month ago by Bob
typical of this writer's style... you are THERE looking through another person's eyes. Amazing writing skill.Published 1 month ago by Glenn A. Marin