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THE KILLER ANGELS [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Shaara
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June 12 1975
A reissue of a Pulitzer prize-winning classic, and now the major motion picture GETTYSBURG. As a result of these acclamations, this book is considered one of the greatest novels written on the Civil War.

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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Greatest War Novel Ever Written July 8 2014
By Corey Lidster TOP 100 REVIEWER
'The Killer Angels' stands tall as the best historical novel about the civil war ever written, and there have been many. E. L. Doctorow's 'The March', for example, about the military convoy and its swelling ranks of thieves, whores, and freed slaves following General Tecumseh Sherman's trail of destruction, is a great book, but it doesn't manage to convey the scope and complexity of battle with the grace Shaara does. He hovers above the killing fields of Gettysburg like the recording angel itself, examining without judgement the horrors and triumphs, looking into the hearts and minds of the now legendary officers whose fates were decided there. The interactions between an exhausted Lee, who has decided to take the offensive and move into Northern territory for the first time since the war began, and Longstreet, his pragmatic and most trusted friend and general, are unforgettable. Shaara imagines Longstreet's wavering faith in Lee as a near religious crisis. He lets the reader suffer with Lee at the sickening realization he has made a fatal error; that he has wasted tens of thousands of lives on an obvious tactical error; that he has finally lost a battle; and that he had likely lost the war for the Confederate army. Shaara's account of the various decisive military engagements are masterful, in particular Chamberlain's heroic defense of his position on 'Little Round Top', one of the key factors in the Union victory.

Michael Shaara won a Pulitzer for 'The Killer Angels', an honor he very much deserved. He was not a prolific writer, however, and his best work would be his last.
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Simply remarkable.

As a Canadian, born and bred, the American Civil War has always been something of a mystery to me. Call me ignorant, but I was often slightly confused who wore what uniforms, what exactly happened, and who that Robert E. Lee guy fought for.

Well, this certainly brought everything into focus. Michael Shaara takes you into the build-up and through the Battle of Gettysburg, the pivotal battle that decided the fate of the Southern uprising. Going lower to the ground, looking through the eyes of generals and commanders on both sides, you really get a first-hand account of what happened on those fateful few days leading up to the 4th of July when the Rebels officially retreated, pulling back from Gettysburg. That's not a spoiler - that's history, but even though you know it, you can't help but furiously turn pages until you hit the last.

Also, extremely helpful are diagrams and maps of the area and troops formations throughout the battle. Really makes it easier to see exactly what was going on. Even more interesting are the maps detailing what a certain side 'thought' the other side's formation was, in comparison with what was actually there.

All in all, I couldn't be happier with this read. I had no previous interest in the Civil War whatsoever, but I got my education seemingly from Chamberlin, Longstreet, and maybe even a thing or two from General Lee himself.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Civil war novel June 9 2014
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My husband is a history buff and he has devoured this novel. It gave him abetted understanding of the battle of Gettesburg.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value! Dec 10 2013
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Received today. The copy is in excellent condition and I am very satisfied.
The book is like new and makes a great gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've ever read on the US civil war. May 16 2013
By caleb
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully moving book about men and war Feb. 17 2003
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This book came out during a period when I had no time to read. Then when the time came along, it was next to impossible to find a copy. I finally did track one down and was blown away. I adore Scottish History, but since I was raised part time in the States, I grew to love the complexities of the Civil War (in the South US it's called the War Between the States). The reasons for the war, the motivation for people to fight their neighbour, often their own brother or family members was mesmerising. Bruce Catton gave me such insight into all the factors through his marvellous works, so I thought no writer could touch him in making you feel, see and understand the men, the generals, the affect the Civil War had on a nation.
However, a writer did, and oddly enough with fiction. Michael Shaara won a Pulitzer Prize for the moving work that focuses on the one pivotal battle, the high-water mark of the War Between the States. He gives you the frustration of men driven to kill their brothers, of the futility, the waste. Centring on Lee, floundering at the loss of his right hand Jackson, of being cut off from screening and blind without information because Stuart was on one of his glory rides, of one general who could not follow orders, of another, Longstreet, who followed them to the letter knowing he was sending his 'boys' to their death in the glorious, yet ultimately disastrous Pickett's charge.
But it through Col. J.L. Chamberlain where Shaara succeeds the most, in giving you the humanity, the nightmare, the pathos, of the men of 20th Maine regiment, volunteers who held the Union's left flank on the second day of the battle at Little Round Top.
The book is so moving, so touching that it makes you view the war in a way you never have before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great history lesson
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 more
Published on March 29 2007 by Misfit
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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
Published on May 26 2004 by Joseph Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
The Killer Angels is one of, if not the greatest and most compassionately written war books of anybody's generation. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by Squirrel Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Days of Fury.
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 more
Published on May 14 2004 by Maximiliano F Yofre
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Study War Anymore: Echoes of Preceding Generations.
My title is a takeoff on a 60s-70s chant--"We will study war no more." Michael Shaara's book, which won a Pulitzer in 1974, shows why we SHOULD study war. Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by Dr. Victor S. Alpher
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Union come march home
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 more
Published on April 30 2004 by A reader of good books
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun!
This book is a blast. Fun, fast paced, accurate, ... no words.
The novel works even if you don't know anything about the American Civil War (tested it on some of my friends in... Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by H. N. T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brave men, living and dead
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1975, Michael Shaara's "The Killer Angels" is considered by many the best Civil War novel ever written. Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by Edward
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