The Killer Angels

The Killer Angels

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After more than a quarter of a century and three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published. July 1863. The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia is invading the North. General Robert E. Lee has made this daring and massive move with seventy thousand men in a determined effort to draw out the Union Army of the Potomac and mortally wound it. His right hand is General James Longstreet, a brooding man who is loyal to Lee but stubbornly argues against his plan. Opposing them is an unknown factor: General George Meade, who has taken command of the Army only two days before what will be perhaps the crucial battle of the Civil War.
Publisher: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2004
ISBN: 9780739346037
Additional Contributors: Hoye, Stephen

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Jul 19, 2012

Having returned from a sightseeing tour at the Battle of Gettysburg, this book had much more meaning to me than if I had read the book before the visit. Shaara vividly describes the ground of the battlefield that each side defended/attacked. He describes the fighting expertise of the soldiers of both sides. He describes the personalities of the Generals, and their assisting officers. He presents the decisions of the generals from both sides and the results of those actions. What is not really outstanding in this book, but is in the museum at Gettysburg, is the thousands of lives lost in this battle. However, Shaara does compare the General Lee's decision to charge across a field in plain sight of the enemy to the Charge of the Light Brigade hoping the reader will see the impending disaster. Shaara describes what happened each of the 3 days of the battle.


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