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History, Encyclopedias & Dictionaries The Killer Angels: Battle At Gettysburg 2014-01-08

"Well, boy, if he's an angel, he's sure a murderin' angel."

  1. melbo
    The Killer Angels (1974) is a historical novel by Michael Shaara that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975. The book tells the story of the four days of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War: June 30, 1863, as the troops of both the Union and the Confederacy move into battle around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and July 1, July 2, and July 3, when the battle was fought. The story is character driven and told from the perspective of various protagonists. A film adaptation of the novel, titled Gettysburg, was released in 1993.

    @phishi alerted me to this book a few days ago. I haven't read it yet but have seen Gettysburg, the movie, which was based on it.

    The Killer Angels (1974) is a historical novel by Michael Shaara that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975. The book tells the story of four days of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War: June 30, 1863, as the troops of both the Union and the Confederacy move into battle around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and July 1, July 2, and July 3, when the battle was fought. The story is character driven and told from the perspective of various protagonists. A film adaptation of the novel, titled Gettysburg, was released in 1993.

    Beginning with the famous section about Longstreet's spy Harrison gathering information about the movements and positions of the Federals, each day is told primarily from the perspectives of commanders of the two armies, including Robert E. Lee and James Longstreet for the Confederacy, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and John Buford for the Union. Most chapters describe the emotion-laden decisions of these officers as they went into battle. Maps depicting the positioning of the troops as they went to battle, as they advanced, add to the sense of authenticity as decisions are made to advance and retreat with the armies. The author also uses the story of Gettysburg, one of the largest battles in the history of North America, to relate the causes of the Civil War and the motivations that led old friends to face each other on the battlefield.

Recent Reviews

  1. duane
    duane
    5/5,
    Version: 2014-01-08
    Truth is often stranger than fiction. At one point, the Maine unit was out of ammunition and rather than retreating or surrendering, made a bayonet charge and the Confederates surrendered and the Union line was not turned. May have changed our history if that had happened.
    Book is well worth reading, have read it several times and will read it again. One of the few books we all should read.
  2. Hathor
    Hathor
    5/5,
    Version: 2014-01-08
    I was assigned to read this book for a management course. I ended up reading it twice in about 2 weeks. Amazing.
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