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Gettysburg Paperback – November 3, 2004
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Sears is a different writer than Trudeau, and he presents the battle in a different fashion, the book in a different manner. While Trudeau's book is long and dense (no illustrations, ca. 600 pages of text), Sears' book is considerably shorter, and more accessible. It has illustrations, either photographs of the participants or artwork done by participants or witnesses. Since they take up space on the page, and I would judge the font to be a point or two larger, my guess is this book is a good 25% shorter than Trudeau's. That makes it more accessible (as does the inclusion of illustrations, one shortcoming of Trudeau's book) and easier to read. It's not, however, a book for beginners.
Sears is of course interested in the battle and why it came out the way it did, not just recounting what happened during the fighting. He echoes many of Trudeau's judgements, differs with some others, but makes some of his own. Most of his verdict on the battle and the performance of the generals involved is nothing new to Civil War buffs, and won't make fans of R.E. Lee happy.Read more ›
The first book I read about Gettysburg was _They Met at Gettysburg_ by Gen. Stackpole. It was a bit out of date even when I read it, and it was terribly slanted against certain historical figures, but at the same time it was engaging and very easy to read. That book started me on a 15 year discovery of the American Civil War. Reading _Gettysburg_, I was reminded of how I felt when I read Stackpole's book. I really wish that this book had been my first introduction to the battle. It may not be a must read for every Civil War enthusiast, and it is certainly _not_ as detailed as Pfanz or Hess' books (nor is it meant to be) but it's definitely an important contribution to the field. Someone coming at Gettysburg for the first time could do _much_ worse than this volume.
The book begins where _Chancellorsville_ leaves off, with Sears showing the opening moves of Lee and Hooker.Read more ›
Stephen Sears is a distinguished military historian of the Civil War who has written in this book an outstanding account of the pivotal battle of Gettysburg (July 1 -- July 3, 1863). This battle ended the Confederacy's second invasion of the Union (the first invasion ended with the Battle of Antietam in September, 1862). Coupled with the Confederacy's surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 4, 1863, Gettysburg ended the South's ability to wage an offensive war and probaby ended as well its chance of winning the war.
Sears gives a full account of the battle and of the events leading to Lee's second invasion of the North, beginning with Lee's victory over the Union Army at Chancellorsville in May, 1863. Sears explains well how the invasion was linked to the impending Confederate loss at Vicksburg. General Lee put forward the invasion to Jefferson Davis as a calculated gamble and a means to counteract this loss.
The book offers detailed pictures of the march into Pennsylvania of the preludes to the Battle of Gettysburg, of the battle itself, and of Lee's subsequent retreat into Virginia.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book on the battle of Gettysburg. Sears takes you on a journey through each day of the contest. Well worth reading.Published 14 days ago by Dan Wilson
Fascinating book, especially for anyone tired of books scapegoating individuals and oversimplifying the battle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca Alcantara
Great book! This author has done a wonderful job of bringing out facts about the battle I've not seen before. This may be the definitive book on Gettysburg for a long time.Published 2 months ago by djn
This book is very well researched and written. When I see a book written by this historian author I know it will be a pleasure to read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by smith
I was working in the Northeast for a couple of months last year (2015) and I would always drive past the exit for Gettysburg on US 15. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
As an avid follower of the American Civil War, I've read quite a number of books on the subject. I found this book to be extremely well written and easy to follow, given its... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin