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Alorns Treasure (Griffin Pirate Stories Series 2 Book 20) hI was reminded about this book while listening to a podcast the other day The guy mentioned The Killer Angels and I immedia I am fairly sure that I read this book like 25 years ago as well It is so memorable as we see the events unfold through a series of perspectives from major actors Lee Chamberlain Buford LongstreetIt is a masterful evocation of this crucial battle in which the Civil War was or less decided even if it played out over the following two years Very moving and realistic it is probably the next best thing to going to Gettysburg in person a voyage I definitely need to make after the corona madness This is one of those books which changes the way people see a subject It is a fictional account of the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 putting words into the mouths of some of the best remembered participants most notably Confederate Generals Robert E Lee and James Longstreet and Union Generals Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and John Buford actually Chamberlain was a colonel at this battle but eventually attained the rank of Major General before the end of the war The book violates a common perception ofistorical writing which says readers of war novels are interested in the common soldiers experiences rather than the generals who live in the lofty atmosphere of rear Its Just Been Glorious headuarters moving armies around like chess pieces Michael Shaara s book works by letting the reader into the private world of soldiers who are as torn by the emotions of decision making in the pandemonium of battle and fear of the unknown as those in all war novels only in this book they mostlyappen to be the soldiers who are commanding all of the other soldiers in an engagement that Cell has taken on a mythology which places it in the forefront of our nation s struggles and enshrines the very ground it was fought on as sacred as any piece of real estate in the United States The author was writing science fiction and straight fiction short stories for many major publications for years supplementingis income teaching English Lit at Florida State University before Bloody Acquisitions (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, he publishedis first novel The Broken Place in 1968 It was a very good book but not commercially successful His second novel developed from a family visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield From my own experience I can relate to those who see that place for the first time and if they Fusiliers have a sense ofistorical perspective toward the war which defined this nation or are at least receptive to learning about the country s great struggle they can feel a sense of awe just standing on that ground and no doubt feel just as moved at other places that defined the national conscience This emotion definitely was felt by Shaara who described The American Nurse his first visit to Gettysburg as an extraordinary experience Shaara s desire to putis feelings on paper led to Dangerous Desire his decision to write a novel with a story told through the eyes of the leading characters Burning the candle at both ends teaching and writing and inis own recollection consuming large uantities of cigarettes and coffee The Little Book of Puns he finished the novel seven years later Hisealth was already poor aving suffered a major eart attack at age 36 in 1965 He finally found a publisher and the book found a small audience after its release Winning the Pulitzer in 1975 The Complete Idiots Guide to Rumi Meditations helped but the novel s primary audience continued to beistory buffs and professional military scholars it Das Restaurant am Ende des Universums (Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis, has been reuired reading at leading academies including the US Army War College and the US Military Academy at West Point among others The edition I read was loaned to me by a retired Army officer whoad studied at the War College The author passed away from a fatal eart attack in May 1988 still semi famous He ad written another novel For the Name of the Game eventually released as a movie in 1999 starring Kevin Costner The Killer Angels finally ad its day in 1993 with the release of the film Gettysburg The interest in this Ted Turner backed film generated sales in the book which went to Number One on the New York Times bestseller list The Killer Angels as been followed by two related novels from the author s son Jeffrey Sharra Gods and Generals is a preuel to the events of the Civil War while The Last Full Measure begins where The Killer Angels leaves off The action in both novels occurs through the experiences of the same characters used by Michael Shaara in The Killer AngelsThough a novel this book is a favorite among Civil War readers on a level with the best non fictional works One reason is its underlying faithfulness to A Strangers Touch (Psychic Triplet Trilogy, historically accurate character portrayals and accountings of the major turning points in the Gettysburg battle It is no exaggeration to claim that the experience of immersing oneself into this book will give any curious reader inspiration to want to know about the Civil War For those who think the reading ofistory must always be boring this book will dissuade those notions Civil War writing just doesn t get any better Perhaps the Greatest War Novel Ever WrittenToo much American war novel then The Killer Angels stands tall as the best novel about the American Civil War ever written and there Threat Vector: INSPIRATION FOR THE THRILLING AMAZON PRIME SERIES JACK RYAN (Jack Ryan Jr Series Book 4) (English Edition) have been many E L Doctorow s The March for example about the military convoy and its swelling ranks of thieves whores and freed slaves following General Tecumseh Sherman s trail of destruction is a great book but it doesn t manage to convey the scope and complexity of battle with the grace Shaara does The narrationovers above the killing fields of Gettysburg like the recording angel itself examining without judgement the orrors

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triumphs looking the earts and minds of the now legendary officers whose fates were decided there The interactions between an exhausted Lee who Papyrus and Tablet has decided to take the offensive and move into Northern territory for the first time since the war began and Longstreetis pragmatic and most trusted friend and general are unforgettable Shaara imagines Longstreet s wavering faith in Lee as a near religious crisis He lets the reader suffer with Lee at the sickening realization The Reckoning: the electrifying new novel from bestseller John Grisham heas MADE A FATAL ERROR WASTING TENS a fatal error wasting tens thousands of lives on an obvious tactical mistake and knowing that now A Foxs Love (American Kitsune heas finally lost a battle this one loss will likely cost The Provocateur him the war Shaara s account of the various decisive military engagements are masterful in particular Chamberlain seroic defense of is position on Little Round Top one of the key factors In The Union Victory Michael Shaara Won A Pulitzer For the Union victory Michael Shaara won a Pulitzer for Killer Angels an onor Never an outbreak he very much deserved He was not a prolific writerowever and Pride his best work would beis last His son Jeff Shaara Men has continued on the courseis father charted telling the stories behind the other great battles of the civil war as well as going back in Isotopic Carbon history further to createistorical novels about the American Revolution and the Mexican American war But it is The Killer Angels that remains the masterpiece perhaps the best war novel ever written There are very few books that The Robotics Primer (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents Series) have managed to convey theeroic grandeur and vast complexity of war while capturing the sad and curious details the psychological transformations the waste and tragic errors Others come close Norman Mailer s The Naked and the Dead and James Jones The Thin Red Line for example both dealing with the Pacific theater of the Second World War Jones provides a profound understanding of the motivations driving Step Out of Your Story his characters but Mailer inis debut novel became an immediate intellectual powerhouse with a fictionalized account of The Eyes of the Dead his WWII observations experiences articulating the most complex psychological processes peeling back layers of delusion contrived personas to exposed the petty ugly and sadistic roots He was the 20th Centuries keenest literary observer ofuman behavior motivations and this laser scalpel of an intellect made The Naked The Dead an instant classic in the canon of war novels a powerful work of literature that Rules for a Lady has retained its shocking vitality over the last 70 years And then there s Count Belisarius by Robert Graves It s a lesser known novel by the greatest writer of Historical Fiction in the English language followingis masterwork I Claudius It a Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles heart breaking tale of a noble General fighting for the Eastern Roman Empire after Rome itselfad fallen to the Germanic tribes is incorruptible sense of duty loyalty competence is ruthlessly exploited by a weak petty jealous cruel Emperor Justinian He is sent out against impossible armies who vastly outnumber im and through sheer strategic genius brings Odd Man In his Emperor a glorious victory Justinian steals all the glory and sendsim out on even deadlier missions greedily stealing all the glory again again so jealous of Belisarius Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale he sendsim on suicide missions which e somehow survives And for all the victories sacrifice loyalty e is not rewarded but punished Goodbye To All That was Graves fascinating autobiography much of it devoted to is life shaping experiences during WWI and it makes as ideal companion to Erich Maria Remarue s All uiet On The Western Front a novel about the First World War from the German POV both books are included in the 4 volume WWI Classics pack picture linked above And lastly Tree of Smoke Denis Johnson s modern masterpiece set amid the chaos of Southeast Asia before and during the Vietnam war For a clear eyed but unflinching tale of the various costs that war demands owever The Killer Angels stands alone More Art book Reviews More Comic book Reviews More Novel Reviews I am not really a fan of books about war I Shameful have trouble envisioning the action and the maneuvers of the troops and I find that I get lost in the details and just don t really care about the charactersBecause of this I didn tave igh opes for The Killer Angels but it was this month s selection for my book club and Visceral That s the best word I can use to describe The Killer Angels both in the sense of instinctive or elemental emotions and in the sense of internal organs and guts Because both are relevant when you re talking about a book that captures what I imagine the experience of war to be like in a way that very few other books I ve ever read Sacred Landscapes hasThe big caveat there of course is the I imagine part I ve never been a soldierave never fired anything other than a BB gun though in my callous youth I did bring to a premature conclusion the life of than one recalcitrant soda can and Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, have absolutely no idea what it s like to kill anotheruman or Gold Rush have anotheruman try to kill me Jebus willing I never will So it s possible that war is nothing like this But Shaara s lean but descriptive prose and shifting POVs offer a perspective that feels so authentic that I found myself occasionally forgetting that this is a novel rather than a stitching together of first Girl Reporter hand narratives one suspects Mr Shaara didis omework There s a reason this book is a classic of its genre and it s simultaneously an enlightening and pa. Incisive portraits of Lee Longstreet Meade and other Civil War leaders are interwoven with rich. The Killer Angels
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Inful readThe American Civil War is if not uniue in the istory of warfare certainly a particularly unusual conflict especially when you consider the officers leading the troops on both sides of the fight Many ad served together previously in the United States army and for a not inconsiderable period of time which meant that you Biz Talk-2 had colleagues and in some cases good friends whose job it was to go out and try to kill each other in the name of the geography into which theyappened to Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, have been born putting aside their own personal feelings about the reasons for the war Side note Iave a few colleagues I d be totally fine pointing the business end of my bayonet at but it s unlikely that I would actually be able to eviscerate them if it came to that though I d appily pour salt in their coffeeShaara is not concerned with trying to explain the reasons for the Civil War nor in making a case for whether those reasons were good ones or not is goal is to capture the experience of the fight He does so masterfully I felt completely immersed in the very troubling experience of preparing to fight from the oddly relaxed downtime between battles to the gut liuidating moments before the charge This is one of those books that will sit with me for a while and one that reminds me that even when justified and I The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, have a muchigher threshold for justification than most rulerscountries over the course of Italian Warships Of World War II humanistory war is an awful orrific terrible thing that indelibly transforms the lives of all those involved whether directly engaged in the battle the family members of those combatants or the civilians whose omes and towns are destroyed in the processI think I may need a little Dr Seuss as a palate cleanser before jumping into anything else this Critical Social Theory and the End of Work heavyThanks to Allie for the buddy read This month marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg which we all know is the fight that took place when Abraham Lincoln wanted to make a speech at that address and then one of the neighbors got mad and challengedim Or something like thatAh but seriously folks Gettysburg was the turning point of the American Civil War in which the Union forces defeated Robert E Lee s invading Confederate troops but this isn t a non fiction book about the battle Instead it s a The Traps historical fiction in which author Michael Shaara used research and literary license to put us into the minds of several key figures so that readers experience the fight through their eyesFor this re read I listened to the audible version and it featured an interesting introduction from Shaara s son Jeff Whoas followed Simple Wicca his late father s formula to write several other books about Americanistory The younger Shaara tells of Protect Your Purity howis father s book was rejected over a dozen times was a commercial flop but won a Pulitzer Prize only to see no increase in its profile following the award Michael died in 1988 thinking that the book would not be remembered In an twist of fate the movie adaptation Gettysburg that came out five years later would put the book on the best seller list almost twenty years after it was originally publishedOn the Confederate side an ailing and weary Robert E Lee Theatre Histories has pinnedis Waterloo hopes to end the war on the idea of attacking and destroying the Union army on it s own ground butis top general James Longstreet was against the invasion since Yobo he believes the South s military successas come from a defensive style of warfare As they advance into Pennsylvania they ve been left with a dangerous lack of information about Union movements because cavalry officer JEB Stuart The Last Runaway has been failing to provide them with reports fromis scouting missionBoth sides begin to converge on the small town of Gettysburg which Sanctuary (The New World Series, has a valuable crossroads nearby but Union cavalry officer John Buford is there first and immediately realizes that theills and slopes outside of the town will give a uge advantage to the army that olds them With the Confederate forces closing in fast Buford occupies and tries to Lion Boy Trilogy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy: The Chase (Book 2) and Lion Boy: The Truth (Book 3)) hold the good ground while urging the Union army to rush in and reinforceim As troops pour into the area from both sides they find themselves fighting in a battle no one Data Interpretation Questions And Case Histories had counted on The Union troops manage to occupy the better positions as Longstreet desperately tries to convince Lee that attacking would be a major mistake but Lee believes thatis army can destroy the Union forces once and for allThis book and the subseuent film version would do a lot to make people reevaluate Longstreet s reputation He d been scapegoated by other Confederate officers after the war for the defeat at Gettysburg but Shaara s version of events based on letters and diaries of those involved makes a convincing argument that it was Lee whose stubborn refusal to disengage and pick a better spot for a fight was the main culprit for the Confederate failureShaara also credits the forgotten Buford with being a major reason as to why the Union was able to seize the Inside the Hornets Head high ground He also tells the story of another officer forgotten by mainstream Americanistory as one of the true Imagination According to Humphrey (According to Humphrey heroes of the battle Joshua Chamberlain was a professor at Maine s Bowdoin College when the war broke out bute showed a knack for military command that eventually put Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales him in charge of a regiment at the end of the Union line on aill called Little Round Top As the extreme left position of the Union forces Chamberlain and Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods., his menad to old back repeated efforts to flank them by Longstreet s troops and then and is men The Ground beneath her Feet had toold back repeated efforts to flank them by Longstreet s troops and then found themselves in the thick of the fighting again on the last day during Pickett s ChargeChamberlain would win the Congressional Medal of Honor for Killer Pancake / The Cereal Murders his actions at Gettysburg ande would continue to serve with distinction for the rest of the war Eventually promoted to the rank of brigadier general Ulysses Grant chose Chamberlain to command the Union troops at the surrender ceremony After the war e would win multiple terms as Maine s Governor As Well As as well as becoming president of is old college Feeling like a slacker yet The book and a great performance by Jeff Daniels in the movie version would make Chamberlain remembered once againThe prose gets a bit flowery at times but Shaara s preface notes that William Gibson he actually toned down the verbose style of the time There s also a bit too much repetition on a couple of points like Chamberlain sorror at imself
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he ordered brother to fill a gap in the line during the fight on Little Round Top without a second thought or Confederate General Armistead s constant references to Bandbox his friend Win Hancock ase frets that Everglades (Doc Ford Mystery, he llave to face Kicking It (Alex Craft, his buddy on the battle fieldThose are minor gripes about a book that found a new and fresh way to tell a story that every American school kidas Homeport heard Shaara also does a nice job of pointing out the inherentypocrisy of the Confederates who claim to be fighting for their rights while not mentioning that what they want is the freedom to keep owning slaves That point gets overlooked a lot when the South gets romanticized in mainstream works of fiction and it s refreshing that Shaara called bullshit on itRandom trivia Joss Whedon s television show Firefly was partially inspired by Sapphamire (Dragons of Dragonose his reading of this bookAlso posted at Shelf Inflicted Michael Shaara s passion gave life to something uniue and singularly extraordinary in this Pullitzer Prize winning novel Withigh charged emotive prose lush descriptions and fully fleshed characters e transforms the The Battle of Gettysburg the bloodiest engagement of the Civil War into a gorgeously rendered and deeply personal story populated by flawed ordinary men caught in an extraordinary concatenation of circumstances by the machinations of Fate Shaara s reduction of this momentous event into a tapestry woven of a myriad of individual observations and subjective accounts so seamlessly alternates between eart swelling and Breaking Down (The Garage, heart wrenchingthat your own blood pumper may need an overhaul by the time your finished Shaara s approach for this story was so revolutionary at the time thate couldn t even find a publisher willing to distribute is novel Recounting the period of June 30 July 3 1863 the day before and the 3 days of the Battle of Gettysburg Shaara s narrative filters the events surrounding the battle through the subjective lens of the leaders of the two armies Today is approach as been mimicked so often by those inspired by is achievement that it s likely to feel familiar to those reading it for the first time see reference to Ken Burn s Civil War below However back in 1975 it was fresh and daring and uniue Shaara jumps back and forth between dozens of viewpoints each serving an important function and providing a uniue perspective on the events surrounding the conflict The most notable players in Shaara s epic play are For the South Commanding General Robert E Lee General George Pickett General James Longstreet and British Col Arthur Freemantle and For the North Commanding General George Meade General John Buford andCol Josh Chamberlain Through these soldiers and many others Shaara emphasizes the motivations decisions and actions of these men and Passionate Kisses Boxed Set how each of their uniue and veryuman perspectives along with the ever present fog of war resulted in the final outcome at Gettysburg Not being a Civil War buff there was one part early in the story that I found fascinating to read According to Shaara and many Destiny and Power historians Iave come to find but for one ambiguous order on the part of General Lee to My Rocky Romance Diary (Diaries of Kelly Ann, his conservative cream puff of a subordinate General Richard Ewell the South may very wellave won the Battle of Gettysburg and drastically changed the outcome of the Civil War Here is the order by General Lee as recounted by Shaara Tell General Ewell the Federal troops are retreating in confusion It is only necessary to push those people to get possession of those The Café Book heights Of course I do not knowis situation and I do not want Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade (Lord John Grey, him to engage a superior force but I do wantim to take that ill if e thinks practicable Emphasis added Four simple words if Models Dont Eat Chocolate Cookies he thinks practicable were enough wiggle room to permit Ewell to justify ignoring Lee s order and deciding against taking Cemetery Hill This inaction allowed the Union to entrench themselves on theigher well defended ground Shaara goes on to make it clear through Lee s own personal musings that if ard charging BSD Gen Stonewall Jackson ad not been killed weeks earlier Cemetery Hill would ve been taken and the outcome of the battle and possibly of istory dramatically altered Another moment of the novel that I found simply breath stealing was the description of the battle of Little Round Top A single regiment of Union soldiers the 20th Maine eld off a superior force of confederate charges for well over an Scruples Two hour until they finally ran out of ammunition With the confederate soldiers still advancing and no retreat possible Chamberlain raisedis saber let loose the shout. Historical detail to provide a fictional recreation of the bloody battle at Gettysburg in a new.

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That was the greatest sound What Janie Found (Janie Johnson, he could make boiling the yell up fromis chest Fix bayonets Charge Fix bayonets Charge Fix bayonets Charge He leaped down from the boulder still screaming Carl Hiaasen Collection his voice beginning to crack and give and all aroundim Silver Tower / Strike Force / Shadow Command his men were roaring animal screams ande saw the whole Regiment rising and pouring over the wall and beginning to bound down through the dark bushes over the dead and dying and wounded The result was that the soldiers from the South broke in the face of the furious charge and the Union Explosive Acts held Little Round Top The fact that Chamberlain was a citizen solider being a college professor before volunteering for the army and yet acted so competently and with such courage was amazing to experience uite simply this is an extraordinary novel However for two completely subjective and probably unfair reasons Iave elected to only rate this as a very strong 4 stars Reason 1 is that the Civil War is not favorite period of American Shadowbridge (Shadowbridge, history and so my juices don t flow as strongly when reading stories from this time as others smitten with the events Reason 2 goes by the name of Ken Burns andis brilliant mini series The Civil War That masterpiece Academia de Rowan (A Tapeçaria has ruined me for all other depictions of the conflict The great irony is that Shaara s novel was a major influence on Burns s decision to createis mini series in the first place and Burns adopted to a great degree the tone and style employed by Shaara Alas Ken Burns got to me first and is expansive description of the war and the causes thereof keep im firmly dug in at the top of the charts Still a strong strong strong 45 stars and my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION Once Chamberlain Two Reels And A Crank had a speech memorized from Shakespeare and gave it proudly the old man listening but not looking and Chamberlain remembered it still What a piece of work is manin actionow like an angel And the old man grinning Queens Gambit (The Tudor Trilogy, had scratchedis ead and then said stiffly Well boy if e s an angel The Camping Cookbook he s a murderin angel Michael Shaara The Killer AngelsWhen it was first published Michael Shaara s The Killer Angels landed with a thud Even when it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1975 it did not gain a wide following When Shaara passed away in 1988e did so believing Absalom, Absalom! his novel toave underachieved as far as Pulitzer Prize winners can ever be so considered Then in 1993 the film version Gettysburg was released in theaters Though it did not prove a runaway box office it it did enough to lift The Killer Angels onto the bestseller lists According to Shaara s son Jeff who can start a bank with the books e s sold by aping Black Stone his father s distinctive techniues The Killer Angels was initially greeted with skepticism due to its release at the tail end of the Vietnam War Maybe or maybe not The world after all is filled with great books that never found wide audiences Still there is some validity in the point The Killer Angels is decidedly old fashioned Itas none of the cynicism or darkness of modern war novels I wouldn t go so far as to say this is a pro war book but it embraces martial virtues with both its arms In the world of The Killer Angels when the characters aren t thinking about duty loyalty and On Liberty honor they are giving speeches about it The Killer Angels begins on the eve of the Civil War battle of Gettysburg and takes us through each of the three bloody days as the Union and Confederacy clashed in the fields andills around a small Pennsylvania crossroads village In order to tell this story Shaara employs viewpoint chapters in which the battle unfolds through the eyes of a limited number of characters The characters are the Confederate scout Harrison Confederate generals Robert E Lee James Longstreet and Lewis Armistead the British observer Fremantle Union General John Buford and Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of the 20th Maine whose posthumous reputation No Way Down has spiked drastically because of this Though the writing is in the third person each of the viewpoint chapters sticks to the thoughts feelings and actions of the chosen character This leads to the kind of telescoping that is familiar to anyone whoas read A Song of Ice and Fire While we are ostensibly being treated to epic events it sometimes feels like we re viewing it through a keyhole By focusing so rigidly on a Pulled Thread Embroidery handful of participants you get a great sense of intimacy at a loss of some of the scope It s impossible to talk about The Killer Angels without mentioning Shaara s amazing style Heas an incredible eye for detail the weather the terrain the colors the sounds He wraps you in these details until you feel like you re present on the field You feel like you could take this book to Gettysburg and find your way around At times English Humour for Beginners he slips easily into aypnotic stream of consciousness punctuated by the use of the present tense interior monologues and Absolutely on Music his trademarked sentence fragments Though if we re being technical I think Jeff Shaaraas the trademark now Shaara s genius is in The Ransom of Mercy Carter his characterizations He brings Buford and Chamberlain and the others to life by embodying them by inhabiting their minds There is Lee suddenly very old suffering fromeart disease struggling with the loss of Jackson unable to control Gone for Good his subordinates or get them to seeis vision He is courtly saintly pervaded by an unfortunate fatalism Lallieva (Alice Allevi, he wraps in a vague theology It s in God sands now e intones repeatedly There is Chamberlain a professor of rhetoric uestioning everything is thoughts is actions a true believer in the Cause Of Freedom And of freedom and though e is constantly trying to define those things And then there is Armistead who gets only one chapter during Pickett s Charge but remains perhaps the most powerful creation a doomed romantic mourning is broken friendship with Union General Winfield Hancock In a novel short of female characters the remembered bonds between Hancock and Armistead provide the love story The best testament to the power of Shaara s vision is that is fictionalized conception of these real life figures Reiki And The Seven Chakras has gained such widespread traction For instance Shaara used Longstreet s memoirs inis research as such Longstreet arises as something of a prophet a man who can see the trenches of World War I just over the Turning the Tide of Battle horizon who believes that Lee s aggressiveness will destroy the Confederacy While effective it is worth noting that Shaara s concept of these men is not necessarily shared by allistorians The Killer Angels is not a graphic or gratuitous book There are no curse words Despite the presence of thousands of men there is nary a dirty thought in the air The violence is rather tame at least relatively speaking Yet Shaara still manages to deliver
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battle scenes a memorable accounting of Pickett s failed assault on the Union center Garnett s boys I Curse the River of Time had reached the road They were slowing taking down rails Musket fire was beginning to reach them The great noise increased beating of wings in the air More dead men a long neat line of dead like a shattered fence And now the canister oh God Armistead shuddered millions of metal balls whirring through the air like startled uail murderous uail and now for the first time there was screaming very bad sounds toear He began to move past wounded struggling to the rear men falling out to Once I Was a Princess helpeard the sergeants ordering the men back into line saw gray faces as Court the Night (Blood Bonds, he passed eyes sick with fear but the line moved on The Killer Angels doesave its share of flaws though they are slight The cast of characters for one is a bit imbalanced On the Confederate side Longstreet is a Corps commander while Lee is in charge of the whole Army Meanwhile on the Union side Buford is in charge of a cavalry division and disappears after the first day Chamberlain commands only a regiment This means you get a great sense of the Confederate strategy while the Union strategy is reduced to slandering General George Meade who despite Shaara s odd intransigence was than capable Then there is the Greed, Seeds and Slavery handling of slavery Shaara acknowledges oras Demons, Deliverance, Discernment his characters acknowledge slavery as the root cause of the war on several occasions He evenas Longstreet admitting this But Shaara also includes an interaction between Chamberlain and a runaway slave that I found a bit underdeveloped In the scene Chamberlain despite Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki Summary Study Guide hisigh ideals finds Well Meet Again himself revolted by the runaway who is described in animal like terms The idea of exploring racism among Northern characters is not necessarily bad if given the proper space it might evenave been meaningful Unfortunately Shaara never really expounds on the notion leaving us with the disconcerting fact that Chamberlain is the only one in the book who is remotely racist I feel like the inclusion of this reuires an obverse scene maybe one in which Lee oversees is men kidnapping and re enslaving the unfortunate blacks who tarried in the invasion path Which is a thing that actually appened These are really minor critiues And yes I understand this is a novel with a very specific storyline Still it bears mentioning if only because this is a very good piece of If I Never See You Again (Jo Birmingham historical fiction and whenistorical fiction is really really good you sometimes start to forget it s fiction and believe its Firebird historical But whileeavily researched with the inclusion of maps than you get in typical A Night on the Tiles history volume it is when all is said and done a product of imagination The Killer Angels deserves its place in the pantheon of great American war novels It is a fascinating study in command so much so that it is often recommended to military officers in training More than that it is a touching exploration of the bonds and friendships between men and the sentimental notion that these relationships mean than nations It is no surprise that Shaara chose the famous lines from EM Forster s essay What I believe asis epigraph I The House That Jesus Built hate the idea of causes Forster wrote And if Iad to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend I Elegies Elderberries (The Herbalist hope I shouldave the guts to betray my country This is a different kind of army If you look at Tank Girl history you ll see men fight for pay or women or some other kind of loot They fight for land or because a king makes them or just because they like killing But we reere for something new I don t this Miss Mackenzie hasn tappened much in the The Tao of Sex (Harlequin Blaze history of the world We re an army going out to set other men free Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain The position of all the troops on July 3rd 1863 The last day of battle You can see the famous fishhook deployment of the Union troops in blueIadn t really thought about Jóias de Família how unusual it is in theistory of the world for men to be fighting for the freedom of others It was one of many times while reading this book that Michael Shaara crystallized some thoughts for me I love those moments when I read something and I know without a shadow of a doubt that another tumbler When Elephants Weep has clicked into place With every click Iave come one step closer to understand. Thirtieth anniversary edition of the Pulitzer Prize winning istorical novel 10000 first printin. ,

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