Gods and Generals (Civil War Trilogy, Bk 1)
Gods and Generals - Civil War Trilogy, Bk 1 Author:Jeff Shaara The heartbreaking saga of the years preceding The Killer Angels — The nationally bestselling prequel to the classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War novel "The Killer Angels". Jeff Shaara carries forth his father's vision in a monumental story of the Civil War's beginning and the lives, passions, and careers of its great milita... more »ry leaders.« less
A prequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by his father, Shaara continues in the family tradition of personalizing history in an eminently readable novel. In fact, I wish I had read this -before- Killer Angels! I was so impressed that I immediately ordered every one of the rest of his books and I can't wait to read them.
In a prequel of sorts to his father Michael Shaara's 1974 epic novel The Killer Angels, Jeff Shaara explores the lives of Generals Lee, Hancock, Jackson and Chamberlain as the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg approaches. Shaara captures the disillusionment of both Lee and Hancock early in their careers, Lee's conflict with loyalty, Jackson's overwhelming Christian ethic and Chamberlain's total lack of experience, while illustrating how each compensated for shortcomings and failures when put to the test. The perspectives of the four men, particularly concerning the battles at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, make vivid the realities of war.
Lynn F. reviewed Gods and Generals (Civil War Trilogy, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 4
I read Killer Angels first and wanted to see how the author's son Jeffrey Shaara handled the material so wisely narrated by his father. I am mostly through the book and am really enjoying it. Jeffrey remained true to the style of Killer Angels, focusing on the men, conversation and strategy of the Confederate and Union Generals and troops in the months ahead of Gettysburg. This is not a blood and guts book. It is a great read for all those interested in this tragic period of our history and the minds and the character of the men that shaped it.
Jeff Shaara traces the lives, passions, and careers of the great military leaders from the first gathering clouds of the Civil War. Here is Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a hopelessly by-the-book military instructor and devout Christian who becomes the greatest commander of the Civil War; Winfield Scott Hancock, a captain of quartermasters who quickly establishes himself as one of the finest leaders of the Union army; Joshua Chamberlain, who gives up his promising academic career and goes on to become one of the most heroic soldiers in American history; and Robert E. Lee, never believing until too late that a civil war would ever truly come to pass. Profound in its insights into the minds and hearts of those who fought in the war, Gods and Generals creates a vivid portrait of the soldiers, the battlefields, and the tumultuous times that forever shaped the nation.
Frank H. reviewed Gods and Generals (Civil War Trilogy, Bk 1) on
Read this while on a deployment to the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, CA. It should be entertaining to anyone interested in the Civil War, but I'm not a particular fan of his writing style (merely a matter of personal preference). The realization of the characters of these generals is done well and his battle descriptions are often exciting. Worth reading.