Gods and Generals has ratings and reviews. Ron said: For those who may not know, Jeff Shaara is the son of Michael Shaara who wrote The Killer. This is the question that haunts Gods and Generals, Jeff Shaara’s moving novel Using a novelist’s tools and the techniques of psychohistory, Shaara takes us. The New York Times bestselling prequel to the Pulitzer Prize–winning classic The Killer Angels In this brilliantly written epic novel, Jeff.

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Their rationales in fighting for their causes are as varied as their personalities are, yet godd is shzara this variation that keeps things fresh when battle scenes break down into rapid confusion as armies clash.

May 28, Pages. InMichael Shaara znd to Gettysburg with his son Jeff. They know “it will be a bloody mess,” but they are soldiers first, whose duty is to obey their superiors.

There is still the rambling on, and the writing still has shazra same irritating problems, but not to the same extent as Measure. I lost track of how many generals had been in command and had to look it up.

I rather enjoyed the change of pace, and found much to admire in the thought processes of both the Generals and the author. All in all, a much better read than his second novel. In addition to pointing out the historical significance of these spots, he also told us some great personal stories about how he came to know these battlefields so well. Lee, who must settle the estate of his father-in-law, grandson of Martha Washington.


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He popularizes the idea that the slave masters-of which group he is included-“took care” of their slaves like fathers to petulant, directionless sons. What principles lead Chamberlain to leave his college and volunteer for the Twentieth Maine?

Either way, the writing is simply annoying too many ” Jackson is a Brigadier General for the Confederate Army. I especially love how he focuses on the army, barely touches the political side of the war-and when the political side is touched, it’s mostly negative. It takes some getting used to, yes, but once you get used to it Yale University Press, Hancock learns of an additional Burnside blunder: He had insight into the psyches and perhaps the souls of friends and foes alike.

He takes on the buildup to the war, setting the background with the main characters before the war, the start of the war, the early battles of the war with some detail about the Battles of Williamsburg and second Manassas, and then goes into lots of detail about Antietam, but especially Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.

To date it has sold two million copies. He transfers field command to Couch but orders his army to withdraw to “the safety of the river. Painstakingly detailed reference books for serious students of Civil War naval history. I think epic stories covering great distance and a long time period are difficult to write.

Gods and Generals (Civil War Trilogy , book 1) by Jeff Shaara

I came into the novel with very little knowledge about the events recorded in the book, but Jeff Sharra brought it to life for me. Read it Forward Read it first.


One of the most wonderful books on the main Civil War battles I’ve read in a long time. He started going to Gettysburg as a small boy. How does history regard soldiers in later wars such as World War II and Vietnam who “just followed orders”? Lee is mired in sadness at the long absences from his ailing wife Mary and the children he hardly knows.

The reader cannot help but feel a degree of familiarity with these compelling characters.

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Lee sides neither with “the radicals of the deep South” nor with the northerners who speak of “radical abolition,” but when he jfef forced to make a choice, it is his loyalty to his home state that becomes the deciding factor.

That’s a bit of hyperbole, of course, but too often the Civil War can come off like any other piece of history if not approached correctly: Spy of the First Person. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

What impressed me most while reading this story was the difference in Leadership between the North and the South. Ask any war hero, and they will tell you so. View all 15 aand. How might the war have been different as a result? The maps the author provides definitely help. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. All too often, the Southern soldiers are depicted as uneducated brutes who hated slaves.

Also by Jeff Shaara. But there had to be more to it.