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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. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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.
My husband is a history buff and he has devoured this novel. It gave him abetted understanding of the battle of Gettesburg.Published 14 months ago by Northern food admirer
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Nothing I can say that others haven't already. It's a wonderful book, and if you decide to read it, you'll be very glad you did!Published on May 16 2013 by caleb
The author brings the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War to life in this wonderful novel. He uses the alternating views from the officers of both sides of the conflict, thus... Read morePublished on March 29 2007 by Misfit
The Killer Angels reviewed by Joseph Lee
The Killer Angels, written by Michael Shaara, will surely not disappoint the fans of books on war and battles. Read more
The Killer Angels is one of, if not the greatest and most compassionately written war books of anybody's generation. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by Squirrel Jones
I was always interested in Americas' Civil War and had read some excellent books on the subject such as "A Brotherhood of Valor", "Through Blood and Fire at Gettysburg", "Battle... Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by Maximiliano F Yofre
The Killer Angels was a good book.I liked how it changed Generals, for example, from Lee to Chamberlain. It was a long book. It had all 4 days of the battle of Gettysburg. Read morePublished on April 30 2004 by A reader of good books