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Never Call Retreat (Gingrich and Forstchen's Civil War Trilogy) (Gettysburg) [Mass Market Paperback]

Newt Gingrich , William R. Forstchen
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30 Mar 2007 Gettysburg
After his great victories at Gettysburg and Union Mills, General Robert E. Lee's attempt to bring the war to an end by attacking Washington, D.C., fails. However, in securing Washington, the remnants of the valiant Union Army of the Potomac are trapped and destroyed. For Lincoln, there is only one hope left, that General Ulysses S. Grant can save the Union cause. It is August 22, 1863. Pursuing the Union troops up to the banks of the Susquehanna, Lee is caught off balance when news arrives that Grant, in command of over seventy thousand men, has crossed that same river. The two armies finally collide in Central Maryland and a bloody week-long battle ensues along the banks of Monocacy Creek. This must be the "final" battle for both sides.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; Reprint edition (30 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312949316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312949310
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 12.6 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With each book in their ongoing alternate history cycle, Gingrich and Forstchen have gone from strength to strength as storytellers."--William Trotter, "The Charlotte Observer"
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"The authors' research is impeccable the reader is left believing it could really have happened this way."--"Booklist"

About the Author

NEWT GINGRICH, former Speaker of the House, is the author of several bestselling books, including "Gettysburg" and "Grant Comes East." He is a member of the Defense Policy Board and co-chair of the UN Task Force, is the longest-serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting course for Major Generals, served in Congress for twenty years, and was "Time" magazine's 1995 "Man of the Year." He is also the founder of the Center for Health Transformation. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista. The Gingrich family includes two daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren.""
WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN, Ph.D., is a Faculty Fellow at Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. He received his doctorate from Purdue University and specialized in the American Civil War. He is the author of more than forty books, including the award-winning "We Look Like Men of War, " a young-adult novel about an African-American regiment that fought at the Battle of the Crater; which is based upon his doctoral dissertation. William is a pilot and currently restoring a replica of a P-51 Mustang. He resides near Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife, Sharon, and daughter, Meghan.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It had to end this way... damn it. 29 May 2007
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Superior and intelligently written finale to this trilogy of alternative history. Gingrich's Congress background is used to good advantage to give insight into the political manouvering which must have gone on. Some of the little touches - the exchange between the Texan and the Iron Guard soldier and Lincoln's instruction to the band master in the penultimate chapter - are inspired.

You can practically smell the cordite when reading some of the best written descriptions of this bloody conflict.

If you have read the first two novels then I do not have to recommend this book to you. Like me you will have been camped outside your local bookstore waiting for this one.

If you have only picked this up on a whim, put it back down immediately !!! Go get the first two and THEN settle down for one of the most enjoyable literary experiences ever in this genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the final battle 8 Nov 2007
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the six hundred page long finale to these writers civil war trilogy, telling the story of how things might have gone had lee won at gettysburg. with the usual alternate history style of real and imaginary characters, we are thrown into the action as general grant moves against general lee, setting the stage for one big battle that will decide the fate of america.

Don't pick this one up first, start with gettysburg and then grant comes east, the two earlier books. Those two books concentrated a lot on the logistics and politics of the situation, but were nonetheless gripping reads. this thrusts you right into the action, particularly with an incredibly exciting sequence when general custer battles to destroy a vital bridge. that's the just the start of things, and you won't be able to stop turning the pages after.

Things are eventually wrapped up in a memorable conclusion with spot on characterisation of the historical figures involved. a great end to a great trilogy. A set of books you can really get your teeth into
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 4 July 2007
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I always enjoy reading a good novel and Never Call Retreat is that.

The people really do come alive, full of interesting facts.
Good buy.
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