Book Reviews of The Killer Angels (Civil War, Bk 2)

The Killer Angels (Civil War, Bk 2)
The Killer Angels - Civil War, Bk 2
Author: Michael Shaara
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780345348104
ISBN-10: 0345348109
Publication Date: 8/12/1987
Pages: 355
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 393 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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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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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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An absolutely brilliant novel, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this book personalizes the Civil War in a way that had not been done before. The participant perspectives pioneered by the characterizations in this story are now commonplace, but it has never been done better. As much as I had read about the history of the Battle of Gettysburg, it was not until reading this that I felt I truly began to understand what happened. This is a MUST-read book!
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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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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

Mattfab25@aol.com
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This is truly a great book. Anyone that has even a little interest in History should enjoy it, and even if you don't it's still a great book.
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The classic work on Gettysburg that shook up historical fiction. If you want to better understand what happened at that climatic turning point in the Civil War, this is the book to read.
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Generally a fan of the Civil War genre, I found there to be way too many characters that made it difficult to follow along. I found that it made for a very dense and choppy read, much more like a history book than a novel. I can appreciate the historical accuracy, its just this book was a little too much for my tastes.
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In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nations's history, two armies fought for two dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other 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 futures, forgotten innocence, and crippled beauty were also the casualties of war.

THE KILLER ANGELS is unique, sweeping, unforgettable - a dramatic re-creation of the battle ground for America's destiny.

"Remarkable... a book that changed my life... I had never visited Gettysburg, knew almost nothing about that battle before I read the book, but here it all came alive." -Ken Burns, Filmmaker
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I am NOT a Civil War buff, but I can't say enough good about this book. It is much better then Gods and Generals the the Last Full Measure in my opinion. Engaging story that is written so clearly that by the time I was done, I felt like I really understood what happened at Gettysburg.
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read this for a history class but it's actually a good book about the battle of Gettysburg
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Shaara, brings history to life again.
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A good story about the battle of gettysburg. A war book that actually kept me interested!
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Excellent portrayal of the battle of Gettysburg.
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Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf stated "The best and most realistic historical novel about war I have ever read."

This book became the Major Motion Picture "GETTYSBURG".
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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.
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If you like Civil War books, you will certainly enjoy this one.
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The best in civil war novels. The first classic. Excellent!
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If you love history or even if you don't--this book is captivating!!
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A great read. I used it in college history classes and it was well received.
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An excellent depiction of the battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War conflict, the moral issues of taking up arms against one's brothers. A good read.
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My history teacher assigned this book in high school in 1981. It one of the few required-reading books I've ever enjoyed. Many, many years later, I turned my husband on to it and recommended it to my son for *his* history novel.
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A great description of the Battle of Gettysburg and the leaders of that battle. His style can be somewhat confusing as he goes back and forth between the Union and Confederate "players" and the maps of the battlefield are also not always helpful. But overall a worthwhile read.
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Absolutely loved this book. A very readable novel of the 4 days of Gettysburg. If you are interested in the Civil War this is a great introduction to a turning point in American history and the players of the time.
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The BEST Civil War (Historical Fiction) ever! This book really brings the struggle to life! Number 1 in a trilogy completed by the Author\'s son Jeffery Shaara (Gods and Generals, Last Full Measure)
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Fantastic. Insightful.
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The movie "Gettysburg" was based on this excellent, and accurate historical novel.
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A wonderful history of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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An excellent book on the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg. The author, Michael Shaara, won a Pulizer Prize for this book.
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If you are a Civil War buff like I am you HAVE to read this book!
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I hate to be repetitive , but I must agree with the other reviewers. I learned more about the Civil War & the key figures of that time than I ever knew----and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!! I've toured Gettysburg before, but I plan on returning with a whole new perspective. This well written (Pulitzer winner) novel certainly aroused my curiosity.
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A novel of the four most bloody days of our nation's history - The Battle of Gettysburg.
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"The best and most realistic historical novel about war I have ever read." -General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Engaging novel about the Civil War.
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One of the best books written about the Civil War -- specifically the Battle of Gettysburg. Really outstanding.
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One of the best re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg. If you haven't read any books on the Battle of Gettysburg, this is the first and maybe only book you might need to read. It should be a required reading for all highschool students.
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This was my first foray into historical fiction and I loved it. I'm usually not big on history, but this is a great book.
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If you love history, especially Civil War era, this is the best fictional account of the battle of Gettysburg.
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Pulitzer Prize winning Civil War Novel. The best book on the Civil War I've ever read.
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This is the classic novel about the Battle of Gettysburg. A must for fans of Civil War historical fiction.
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This book is a marvelous way to learn Civil War history. The Battle of Gettysburg will come alive for you! (Much better than school textbooks)
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"A dramatic re-creation of the battleground for America's destiny." (from the back cover). A novelized version of the Battle of Gettysburg, the best historical novel I've ever read. Told from the perspective of Lee, Longstreet, and Chamberlain, it's the basis for the movie "Gettysburg."
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I ordered this book because I was trying to read Pulitzer Prize winners that I had missed. It is a powerful book about the Battle of Gettysburg and the personalities of the men on both sides who fought it and the strategies involved. No happy ending there, but a reminder of a dark time in our history. Shaara deserved the Pulitzer Prize.
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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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Great Civil War book for history alone.
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excellant
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Very jnteresting reading, and showing a different outlook on the Civil War at Gettysburg
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Must read for civil war buffs!
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I just couldn't get into this book. Although it got great reviews, so obviously other people liked it, it just wasn't for me.
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Awesome story!
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Yes, I am a Civil War buff, but still, I loved this book. Fictionalized, of course, and yet one can learn so very much about Gettysburg, whether you care to or not. Well written, fascinating. I agree it should be on high school reading lists.