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The Killer Angels (Civil War, Bk 2)
The Killer Angels - Civil War, Bk 2
Author: Michael Shaara
In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fought for two dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Shattered futu...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345348104
ISBN-10: 0345348109
Publication Date: 8/12/1987
Pages: 355
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 391 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
This book drew me in and when I was finished with it, I felt as though I had been there at Gettsyburg. Depicts the rawness of battle and both the stupidity and courage of men.
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Helpful Score: 6
This novel reveals more about the Battle of Gettysburg than any piece of learned nonfiction on the same subject. Michael Shaara's account of the three most important days of the Civil War features deft characterizations of all of the main actors, including Lee, Longstreet, Pickett, Buford, and Hancock. The most inspiring figure in the book, however, is Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, whose 20th Maine regiment of volunteers held the Union's left flank on the second day of the battle. This unit's bravery at Little Round Top helped turned the tide of the war against the rebels. There are also plenty of maps, which convey a complete sense of what happened July 1-3, 1863. Reading about the past is rarely so much fun as on these pages.
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Helpful Score: 4
I thought it was a tad hard to follow all the characters -- unless you're a Civil War buff or paid better attention in History class than I did -- but this is a compelling story of the battle at Gettysburg as viewed from both sides. The dialogue follows what is historically known about these "players" without making it sound too "made up."

The books does not deal with the gruesome details of the battlefield, but depicts insight into the soldiers' feelings, the respect they had for their leaders, and the courage they faced in following those leaders' commands beyond all.

A definite must read.
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Helpful Score: 2
One of the best books I ever read! It tells the story of the battle of Gettysberg in 1863. It's a easy read and gives a great insight to both sides of the battle. This book turned me into a Civil War buff!
I have taken the trip to the Battle field a number of times. Walking accross the the fields of Pickket's Charge! I recomend this book to anyone that can get there hands on it.

Matt Fabrizio

Broomall, PA
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A marvelous book on the battle of Gettysburg. Really humanizes the "cast" and into their thinking. Though this last is a lot of conjecture since they do not have those sorts of records. I have read my share of reports on this battle but none have been so down to earth. Well worth reading.
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Historical novel at its finest. Along with other battlefield histories, this book put the flesh on the bones of history for our visit to Gettysburg on the 150th anniversary commemoration week. Fantastic read!
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If you love history or even if you don't--this book is captivating!!
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Great story and shows how war effects family and generations all because they have one major difference in philosophy regarding rights, both human and individual states.