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Gettysburg [Kindle Edition]

Stephen W. Sears
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Stephen W. Sears has delivered a masterwork in Gettysburg, his single-volume history of the Civil War's greatest campaign. Drawing on original source material, from soldiers' letters to the Official Records of the war, Sears offers dramatic and informed accounts of every aspect of the campaign, from well-hewn portraits of the battle's leaders to detailed analyses of their strategies and tactics. Sears depicts General Meade's remarkable performance in his first week of army command and pinpoints General Lee's responsibility in the agonizing failure of the Confederate army. With characteristic style and insight, Sears brings the epic tale of the battle in Pennsylvania vividly to life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11392 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (3 Nov 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 3 Oct 2003
There's so much written about gettysburg that it's hard to think that someone could do it again and improve. But Stephen Sear's latest is well up to the standard of his previous best, especially "Landscape Turned Red" and "Chancellorsville". Which means that this is Civil War campaign writing at its very best. If you read no other book about Gettysburg, read this one. I read it stright through in one go - it really is that good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monumental 21 Mar 2006
On July 1, 1863, leading elements of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, operating in Pennsylvania, stumbled into elements of the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Gen. George G. Meade. Against the better judgment of both commanders, the armies were drawn into a full-fledged battle which raged for three days, and left some 51,000 men killed, wounded, captured or just plain missing. More importantly, unbeknownst at the time, the battle marked a turning point in the war, the Confederates had reached their high water mark and the future moved on toward inevitable defeat.
This monumental work is, in my opinion anyway, the absolutely best book to read on the Battle of Gettysburg. The author did a great job of covering the battle in depth, giving all of the information you will need, covering the officers and their activities leading up to the battle, giving information on the topography and all of the detail necessary to truly understand what happened during those days in July.
Now, at 623 pages, this is a hefty book to read, so this is not the book for you if you want a quick understanding of the battle. But, if you want a book that will give you a deep knowledge of the battle, then it is the book for you. Plus, I must say that this book is not dry or academic, but is a wonderfully fascinating read, keeping the narrative moving along in an interesting manner.
So, overall, I would say that this is a great book, probably the best one that has ever been written on the Battle of Gettysburg. I give it my highest recommendations!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly excellent 20 Jan 2007
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Having read several accounts of the Battle of Gettysburg, this is truly an excellent book. Though over 600 pages it is both well paced and packed with information. The main protagonists are well fleshed out and Sears does not get bogged down in hero worship but gives an honest account of those involved. I would recommend this both to those coming to the subject for the first time and those well versed in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clear account 16 Oct 2009
There are a multitude of books on Gettysburg but I bought this one because I value the clarity that Sears has previously brought in writing on Civil War themes. I was not disapponted. Clarity is, above all, necessary when dealing with a campaign and battle lasting so long, over such a range of country and involving so many diverse characters. Stephen Sears gives a lot of insight without getting bogged down in too much detail. For anyone wanting to know about this pivotal point in United States history, this is the book to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 1 May 2009
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This is really an excellent book. It brings the campaign and the battle to life in a way that few if any other historical texts achieve.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Thorough History 24 April 2012
A very well written book that deals with the political & military aspects of this campaign. I had always thought of Robert E. Lee a genious, but his handling of this battle at key moments tells a different tale to me. Very well researched and I learned all I wanted to know about this hugely important battle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gettysburg book 7 Mar 2011
By R. Gray
This is a great book. The first one I have read about Gettysburg. Great maps, and great insight into the players and their motivation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Shocking.
On a whim I bought this book by Steven Sears. I'm glad I did. How men could stand in lines a few dozen yards apart and calmly shoot each other to blazes is incomprehensible to me... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Allan Davy
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete gettysburg campiagn
more even handed than Killer Angels, covers more of the battle as opposed to concentrating on three aspects, well written, good detail and very well conceived maps.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gettysburg
Great book a bit heavy going for me but my husband is rally interested in american civil war and is enjoying the read
Published 9 months ago by sandra walbrin
4.0 out of 5 stars Moves along with as much detail as you need
This is a superb study of this pivotal battle. The author introduces you to the characters sufficiently for the reader to understand the decisions they took. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Artefact
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
As usual with Mr Sears a very insightful looks at the people and events that shaped the battle which nicely compliments my other books
Published 13 months ago by C. Goddard
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book about Gettysburg
This is probably the Stephen W.Sears 's masterpiece.
Indeed , basing his book on personal accounts of soldiers on both sides, the author is not only telling you the story of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Carrosio Roberto
3.0 out of 5 stars Pointless Retelling of Gettysburg
I'm a Civil War buff so approached this book with great anticipation based on Stephen W. Sears' reputation. Read more
Published 17 months ago by James A. Anderson
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When General Pickett was asked to explain the failure of his charge, he famously remarked, "I think the Union army had something to do with it." &quote;
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On campaign he would always be the underdog. Therefore he must assume the strategic aggressive whenever he could, and by marching and maneuver disrupt the enemy's plans, keep him off balance, offset his numbers by dominating the choice of battlefield. &quote;
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opposite—marching and maneuvering so aggressively on campaign that Lee might accept battle or not, as he chose, with his opponent forced to give battle—to attack—at a time and in a place of Lee's choosing. &quote;
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