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Gods and Generals

By Jeff Shaara

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Format: Paperback / softback, 512 pages
Published In: United States, 01 August 1998
"BRILLIANT DOES NOT EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE THE SHAARA GIFT. THANK GODS AND GENERALS THAT IT WAS PASSED FROM FATHER TO SON".--Atlanta Journal & Constitution"LIVELY, FAST-PACED . . . A worthy companion to The Killer Angels . . . Shaara brilliantly charts the war, the exploits of the combatants and their motivations. He also concisely shows how the early parts of the campaign unfolded. His accounts of the battles of Williamsburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville are exciting. . . . Though the story of the Civil War has been told many times, this is the rare version that conveys what it must have felt like".--Chicago Sun-Times"SHAARA'S BEAUTIFULLY SENSITIVE NOVEL DELVES DEEPLY into 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. . . . [He] succeeds with his historical novel through fully realized characters who were forced to decide their loyalties amid the horrors of their divided nation".--San Francisco Chronicle"The battle of Gettysburg featured a cast of characters dramatically and poignantly portrayed in Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. This new novel by his son Jeff Shaara describes the interconnected paths that brought these men together at this crossroads of our history. Readers of The Killer Angels won't want to miss Gods and Generals".--James McPherson, Author of Battle Cry of Freedom
EAN: 9780345422477
ISBN: 0345422473
Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.
Dimensions: 17.83 x 10.57 x 3.05 centimeters (0.23 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Chain of Thunder, A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, 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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"Powerful . . . Though the story of the Civil War has been told many times, this is the rare version that conveys what it must have felt like."--Chicago Sun-Times "Compelling . . . a work of vivid drama and skill."--The Dallas Morning News "[Jeff] 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 "Historical detail and depth of character carry the book, which examines the viewpoints and vulnerabilities of one of the most fascinating collections of military minds ever assembled on a single battlefront."--Minneapolis Star Tribune "Shaara has created human beings of the myths and cold facts."--St. Petersburg Times Powerful . . . Though the story of the Civil War has been told many times, this is the rare version that conveys what it must have felt like. "Chicago Sun-Times" Compelling . . . a work of vivid drama and skill. "The Dallas Morning News" [Jeff] 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" Historical detail and depth of character carry the book, which examines the viewpoints and vulnerabilities of one of the most fascinating collections of military minds ever assembled on a single battlefront. Minneapolis "Star Tribune" Shaara has created human beings of the myths and cold facts. "St. Petersburg Times""

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This is the prequel to the novel "The Killer Angels" written by the author's father. It is set out in the same style - telling the years before Gettysburg from the points of view of those in both armies eg. Lee, Jackson, Hancock, Chamberlain. It is an interesting novel but when compared to "The Killer Angels" there is something missing. I don't know whether it's the author's writing or because so many years and battles are being covered instead of just the one as with Gettysburg. It's certainly worth reading for anyone interesting in the US Civil War, but do start with the Killer Angels.

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