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The Gettysburg Companion: A Complete Guide to the Decisive Battle of the American Civil War Hardcover – 25 Oct 2008
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""The Gettysburg Companion" is a battle book on steroids, and it offers hours of enlightening entertainment."--Brig. Gen. Harold W. Nelson, former U.S. Army chief of military history"ARMY Magazine" (06/01/2009) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Mark Adkin, a former army officer, is the author of The Waterloo Companion, The Trafalgar Companion and The Gettysburg Companion, all published by Aurum. He has also authored several other books on military history, including Goose Green, The Bear Trap and The Charge. He has also written the bestselling Sharpe Companion to accompany the TV series.
Top customer reviews
My main area of praise come with the wide-angle photos of the actual field .This aspect is seldom covered adequately but in this book, Devils Den,The Round Tops,McPhersons Ridge and The Angle become so much more than a picture in the imagination. Excellent!
I came to "Gettysburg" with very high hopes - up to a point this is another blockbuster with superb maps and illustrations but...... something is missing. I found the actual timeframe & development of the battle difficult to imagine from the book and the photographs were a disappointment to be honest - not always taken to illustrate the accompanying maps and often too much in long shot.
I never had the feeling that Adkin was master either of the battlefield or of all the sources - it felt somewhat formulaic and rushed into production.
I found myself re-reading the relevant section of Shelby Foote's "Civil War" which in a 100 or so pages, with far fewer maps, gives a much better account of the battle
Mark Adkin is to be congratulated on this superb,definitive work.If you are going to buy a "Gettysburg" book make it this one.
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