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  • Mass Market Paperback: 612 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine; 1st Mass Market Ed edition (1 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345434811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345434814
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.5 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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"Riveting . . . Vivid . . . Brilliantly depicted. . . . 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
"A WORTHY COMPANION TO ITS TWO PREDECESSORS . . . These characters come alive as complex, heroic, and flawed men. . . . You are with [Robert E.] Lee, a deeply religious man, as he first begins to wonder if the Confederate cause will prevail. . . . You ride with [Ulysses S.] Grant to see the mounds of Union dead at Cold Harbor, and you share his sickening realization that thousands are dead because of his miscalculation. . . . You are at [Joshua] Chamberlain's bedside as he fights to recover from nearly mortal wounds. . . . Each book is masterful in its own way and taken together, they are unmatched in the body of Civil War literature."
--The Baltimore Sun
"AN AMBITIOUS WORK . . . [Shaara] writes with considerable sensitivity and skill, setting vivid scenes and adding drama and suspense to a familiar tale."
--The Seattle Times
"Exhaustively researched, infused with a profound understanding of the great issues of a nation and the small quirks of the human heart and ego, The Last Full Measure is fiction that brings history brilliantly to life."
--Newsday

-Riveting . . . Vivid . . . Brilliantly depicted. . . . 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
-A WORTHY COMPANION TO ITS TWO PREDECESSORS . . . These characters come alive as complex, heroic, and flawed men. . . . You are with [Robert E.] Lee, a deeply religious man, as he first begins to wonder if the Confederate cause will prevail. . . . You ride with [Ulysses S.] Grant to see the mounds of Union dead at Cold Harbor, and you share his sickening realization that thousands are dead because of his miscalculation. . . . You are at [Joshua] Chamberlain's bedside as he fights to recover from nearly mortal wounds. . . . Each book is masterful in its own way and taken together, they are unmatched in the body of Civil War literature.-
--The Baltimore Sun
-AN AMBITIOUS WORK . . . [Shaara] writes with considerable sensitivity and skill, setting vivid scenes and adding drama and suspense to a familiar tale.-
--The Seattle Times
-Exhaustively researched, infused with a profound understanding of the great issues of a nation and the small quirks of the human heart and ego, The Last Full Measure is fiction that brings history brilliantly to life.-
--Newsday

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In the Pulitzer prize-winning classic The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the finest Civil War novel of our time, an enduring bestseller that has sold more than two million copies. In the bestselling Gods and Generals, Shaara's son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father's vision, telling the epic story of the events culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg. Now, Jeff Shaara brings this legendary father-son trilogy to its stunning conclusion in a novel that brings to life the final two years of the Civil War.
As The Last Full Measure opens, Gettysburg is past and the war advances to its third brutal year. On the Union side, the gulf between the politicians in Washington and the generals in the field yawns ever wider. Never has the cumbersome Union Army so desperately needed a decisive, hard-nosed leader. It is at this critical moment that Lincoln places Ulysses S. Grant in command--and turns the tide of war.
For Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg was an unspeakable disaster--compounded by the shattering loss of the fiery Stonewall Jackson two months before. Lee knows better than anyone that the South cannot survive a war of attrition. But with the total devotion of his generals--Longstreet, Hill, Stuart--and his unswerving faith in God, Lee is determined to fight to the bitter end.
Here too is Joshua Chamberlain, the college professor who emerged as the Union hero of Gettysburg--and who will rise to become one of the greatest figures of the Civil War.
Battle by staggering battle, Shaara dramatizes the escalating confrontation between Lee and Grant--complicated, heroic, deeply troubled men. From the costly Battle of the Wilderness to the agonizing siege of Petersburg to Lee'sepoch-making surrender at Appomattox, Shaara portrays the riveting conclusion of the Civil War through the minds and hearts of the individuals who gave their last full measure.
Full of human passion and the spellbinding truth of history, The Last Full Measure is the fitting capstone to a magnificent literary trilogy.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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By A Customer on 7 July 1998
Format: Hardcover
I've always been leery of historical works of fiction in which an author attempts to put words and thoughts into an established historical figure. This is treacherous territory.
If the reader is lucky the author strikes fairly close to the mark. The other side of the coin, however, is when the reader comes across a passage and thinks, "Now where in the world did the author come up with that!" "The Last Full Measure" has both elements.
On one hand Jeff Shaara appears to have bought into the Lee-as-suffering-saint syndrome. If it were Stonewall Jackson Shaara were writing about it would have been a bit easier to digest.
On the other his portraits of Grant and Chamberlain ring fairly true although Ambrose Burnside comes off more as a caricature than a living breathing person.
These minor criticisms notwithstanding, the book is good read which most Civil War buffs will certainly enjoy and any one looking for a good read should give a try.
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This book is the best Civil War book written by Jeff Shaara. I have read The Killer Angels and Gods and Generals and I loved them both. I like the way that both of the Shaaras wrote their books from the viewpoint of the people actually fighting. Shaara is a master of words, and makes you feel what the characters are feeling. He showed the war as it was during the last years of the war. After I finish The Last Full Measure, I'll probably go back and read them all over again!
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By A Customer on 14 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
Only THE KILLER ANGELS and THE TRIUMPH AND THE GLORY can top Jeff Schaara's Civil War epic, THE LAST FULL MEASURE. Ultra-realistic, captivating theme, absorbing characters, accuracy, it has everything one could ask of a historical fiction novel
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Jeff Shaara sets himself a large task here, and for the most part suceeds. His fathers' book was a monumental acheivment, and he does very well for himself. The great character of Chamberlain comes shining through in both books, here Jeff does better than his father, Lee fares less well, and Longstreet is just to difficult to convey. What I really like was his treatment of Grant, his discriptions of battles, espcially the Wilderness, and the little biographies at the end. I could have cried at the sheer waste of so many young lives, but it was a long time ago so I will save my tears for a more recent war.
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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. There were so many moments when I wanted to stop and cry for the loss of life, and especially at the end when the one man who was capable of healing the country and bringing us all back together as one nation, Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated.

The research was impeccable and telling the story from the viewpoints of the various generals absolutely fascinating. The honorable Robert E. Lee, Chamberlain (loved his gracious salute to the surrendering army), and the ever fascinating U.S. Grant.

One quote from so many in the book that just brought tears to my eyes: "Yes, it was horrible, horrible indeed. But he had to tell himself that, remind himself to see it that way. There was no sickening revulsion, no outrage, no indignation at the barbarism. It was just one more scene from this war, one more horror, one more mass of death, blending together with all the rest."

Highly highly recommended, and will definitely open your eyes to the horror of war.
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I really enjoyed this book. Shaara has a way of writing about the civil war that makes you feel that you where there at the battle. I learnt more about final campaigns than any other books I have read.Historical fiction at its best.
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If you approach a Jeff Shaara book and expect to find his father's "Killer Angles," stop right there. You won't. And this is something that Jeff himself admits. But "The Last Full Measure" comes much closer to the spirit of his father's Pulitizer Prize winning novel than "Gods & Generals" did. This book is darker, gloomier and bloodier than G&G, or even KA for that matter. And therein lies its greatest strength. It is also structured much differently than G&G with fewer main characters and more time spent on the front lines in the heat of combat. Just as the style of combat has changed during these last two years of the war, the charactors have changing too. Lee has grown mentally stronger, physically weaker, but much angrier and less patient with bungling subordinates. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain seems to have discarded his idealism for a far more realistic fatalism. And Jeff has fleshed out the "new" character of General Ulysses S. Grant in grand fashion, making him much more human, caring, and yes, lovable. The "butcher" from Galena has never been more honestly portrayed in a work of ficiton. My only regret is that "Gods & Generals" will be made into a movie long before "Last Full Measure." This is definately the superior story of the two. I can hardly wait to read Jeff's next novel, which will again bring back many of these fascinating people in their younger years during the Mexican War.
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