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The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – August 12, 1987
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This novel reveals more about the Battle of Gettysburg than any piece of learned nonfiction on the same subject. Michael Shaara's account of the three most important days of the Civil War features deft characterizations of all of the main actors, including Lee, Longstreet, Pickett, Buford, and Hancock. The most inspiring figure in the book, however, is Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, whose 20th Maine regiment of volunteers held the Union's left flank on the second day of the battle. This unit's bravery at Little Round Top helped turned the tide of the war against the rebels. There are also plenty of maps, which convey a complete sense of what happened July 1-3, 1863. Reading about the past is rarely so much fun as on these pages.
From Library Journal
The late Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (1974) concerns the battle of Gettysburg and was the basis for the 1993 film Gettysburg. The events immediately before and during the battle are seen through the eyes of Confederate Generals Lee, Longstreet, and Armistead and Federal General Buford, Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain, and a host of others. The author's ability to convey the thoughts of men in war as well as their confusion-the so-called "fog of battle"-is outstanding. This unabridged version is read clearly by award-winning actor George Hearn, who gives each character a different voice and effectively conveys their personalities; chapters and beginnings and ends of sides are announced. Music from the movie version adds to the drama. All this comes in a beautiful package with a battle map. Recommended for public libraries not owning previous editions from Recorded Books and Blackstone Audio (Audio Reviews, LJ 2/1/92 and LJ 2/1/93, respectively).
Michael T. Fein, Catawba Valley Community Coll., Hickory, N.C.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Although I read very few fiction-related books, my keen interest in this battle and the Civil War came about because of this fine book, which is what I feel was a primary objective of the author. It was not designed to focus on everyone who had a key role in this battle (because there are others), and it was not designed to be an in-depth account of the battle. However, this book helps personalize it and provides a unique perspective in how leaders on both sides interacted and how their unique personalities and feelings, including jealousies, arrogance, over-confidence, and personal courage, led to the decisions that largely shaped the outcome of a battle considered by many to be the turning point of the war.
This book is well-balanced in telling both sides of the conflict, easy to read and comprehend, and would be a great history assignment from junior high on up. Insightful for the Civil War novice and the well-read alike.
Very entertaining and well worth the read.
The very fate of the nation hung in the balance on
July 2 and again on July 3. For the first time during the Civil War, the leadership and tactics
of the Union generals (Hancock, Buford, Reynolds) surpassed that of the Confederacy.
In fact, General Robert E. Lee's attack against
the entrenched center of the Union line on July
3 was a tragic miscalculation which ultimately
cost the South the war. The account of the bayonet charge of the 5th Maine at Little Round
Top is epic; the regiment's commander, Joshua
Chamberlain, was awarded the Congressional
Medal for his actions. Google Chamberlain and
you will be astounded at the accomplishments
of this extraordinary man.
The roots, both good and I'll, of that conflict are still present in our society. Though technically fiction, the detail of the conflict presented here help us see the perils of our current political environment.
This is the single most important book I have ever read.