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Civil War Trilogy [Paperback]

Michael Shaara , Jeff Shaara
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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1 May 1999
Michael Shaara reinvented the war novel with his Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece of Gettysburg, The Killer Angels. Jeff Shaara continued his father’s legacy with a series of centuries-spanning New York Times bestsellers. This volume assembles three Civil War novels from America’s first family of military fiction: Gods and Generals, The Killer Angels, and The Last Full Measure.
Gods and Generals traces the lives, passions, and careers of the great military leaders—Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Winfield Scott Hancock, Joshua Chamberlain—from the gathering clouds of war. The Killer Angels re-creates the fight for America’s destiny in the Battle of Gettysburg, the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history. And The Last Full Measure brings to life the final two years of the Civil War, chasing the escalating conflict between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant—complicated, heroic, and deeply troubled men—through to its riveting conclusion at Appomattox.
Praise for Michael Shaara and Jeff Shaara’s Civil War trilogy
“Brilliant does not even begin to describe the Shaara gift.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“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, on Gods and Generals
“Remarkable . . . a book that changed my life . . . I had never visited Gettysburg, knew almost nothing about that battle before I read the book, but here it all came alive.”—Ken Burns, on The Killer Angels
The Last Full Measure is more than another historical novel. It is rooted in history, but its strength is the element of humanity flowing through its characters. . . . The book is compelling, easy to read, well researched and written, and thought-provoking. . . . In short, it is everything that a reader could ask for.”—Chicago Tribune

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  • Paperback: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; Box edition (1 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345433726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345433725
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 7.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent and excellent! 23 July 1999
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Several months ago I saw the movie "Gettysburg" based on Michael Saara's novel- The Killer Angels. Since I was deeply moved by the film I decided to buy the book. I couldn't put it down- it was even stronger that the film. M Saara didn't try to stick to one side of the story: he wrote it from the point of view of those who took part in the Civil War with no regard to the colour of their uniform. He portrays us the battles and the feelings of the soldiers from both camps in an intelligent and beautiful way and style. After his father's death, Jeff Saara decided to continue his work by writing two other books which all together make a wonderful and touching trilogy. The two novels written by Jeff are as good as 'The Killer Angels' and I would like to shake his hand and tell him how breathtaking and deeply human this trilogy is. Good work! Don't miss it!
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I'm not noted for my literary interests but this trilogy had me spellbound from page to page. I'd visited some Civil War sites on recent visits to the US and, on the recommendation of a colleague from Queen's College in Charlotte, NC, I watched the film Gettysburg.
This film set the scene for me and the books provided graphic and 'realistic' first-hand accounts of the various actions in the war and the roles played by the leading characters.
I have a good friend (a Texan) who, when I ask him about recent US military leaders, is given to adding "... but his grandfather fought on the right (or wrong) side in the Civil War."
So, in truth, I started to read these books with a bias towards the South and its cause. So skilful is the writing that, in the end, right and wrong were meaningless and I was simply overwhelmed by the tragedy that was the Civil War.
The intimate insights into the characters and the impact the war had on their pre-war relationships served to illustrate so vividly the heartrending and catastrophic effect that war has on the people caught up in its wake.
I commend this trilogy of books to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding trilogy, a must for history lovers 4 April 2007
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
These three books should be required reading in school. Very eye opening to the horrors of war.

Gods and Generals - Fascinating portrayal of a sad time in US History, as told from the perspectives of the generals involved in these campaigns. I was most particularly moved by Lee and his torn loyalties to the US Army and his home state of Virginia, and most especially by the great Stonewall Jackson. I've come across the names in history classes (oh so long ago) and the occasional novel covering this period, but it was wonderful to have them brought to life as this author did, and we are once again reminded that was is indeed h***. One moment in the book that particularly touched me was during a retreat of Federal soldiers. One of them slipped in the mud and was told that since the general decreed the roads to be in good condition therefore there is no mud. Four stars instead of five as the author's habit of inserting a comma instead of the word "and" was a bit of a distration for me.

The Killer Angels - 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 making you feel as you are right with them, culminating in the horrific and tragic end of the battle. I was truly saddened by the incredible loss of life due to the mistakes of the priveleged few, the generals. No wonder they say Gettysburg is one of the most haunted places in America.

The Last Full Measure - I think this book, and the two preceding it should be required reading in school. I had no idea how horrific this war was, particularly more so as the brutalities committed on both sides were against our own.
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