- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (15 Aug. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846970865
- ISBN-13: 978-1846970863
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 111 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 775,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Killer Angels Paperback – 15 Aug 2008
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'The best and most realistic historical novel about war I have ever read.' --General H Norman Schwarzkopf
'My favourite historical novel ... A superb recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg, but its real importance is its insight into what the war was about, and what it meant.' --James M McPherson
It is the third summer of the war...On June 15, 1863, Robert Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia slips across the Potomac to begin the invasion of the North. His army is 70,000 strong but mostly unpaid and self-equipped. It has won nearly every battle it has fought. Lee knows a letter has been written, a letter offering peace. It is to be placed on the desk of Abraham Lincoln the day after Lee has won this battle.See all Product description
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way it focuses on the personalities of main protagonists, rather than a blow by blow account of the battle. I found Lee, Longstreet and Chamberlain very interesting......and indeed humbling.....such warmth, in spite of sending thousands of men to their deaths.
This was the first major war following the Industrial Revolution where death become mechanised. It seems the armies learned very few lessons from Gettysburg: the charge into open ground after a cessation of an artillery barrage was repeated many times in World War I, not least at the Somme.
One thing puzzled me though. Why is there no mention of slavery? We English have always been brought up with the truism that the Civil War was all about its abolition. Still, a damned good read and recommended.
His characterization of the main actors, Lee, Longstreet, Pickett, Chamberlaine, Buford and others is masterful, and has a ring of authenticity.
The book is extremely well researched and based upon many contemporary accounts.
There is nothing new, but the "imagined" thought processes of the main protagonists are engaging and convincing. Occasionally these passages are a little too long, but I do recommend this book.
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