The Killer Angels

The Killer Angels

Audiobook CD - 2004
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This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic is the finest historical dramatization of the Civil War. The book centers around the key battle of the war: the battle of Gettysburg. In July of 1863, the Confederate Army, led by General Robert E. Lee, invaded the North, in order to deal a fatal blow to the Union Army. Lee's right hand man was the loyal General Longstreet. Opposing them was General George Meade, an unknown quantity at best. In the four most bloody and courageous days of the Civil War, their armies fought, one side for freedom and the other side for tradition. As the bodies piled up on the gory field, so did the dreams and hopes of the dead. Their futures were the ultimate casualties of war.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2004
Edition: 30th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780739309056
0739309056
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (72 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Hoye, Stephen

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Jul 19, 2012

Having returned from a sightseeing tour at the Battle of Gettysburg, this book had much more meaning to me than if I had read the book before the visit. Shaara vividly describes the ground of the battlefield that each side defended/attacked. He describes the fighting expertise of the soldiers of both sides. He describes the personalities of the Generals, and their assisting officers. He presents the decisions of the generals from both sides and the results of those actions. What is not really outstanding in this book, but is in the museum at Gettysburg, is the thousands of lives lost in this battle. However, Shaara does compare the General Lee's decision to charge across a field in plain sight of the enemy to the Charge of the Light Brigade hoping the reader will see the impending disaster. Shaara describes what happened each of the 3 days of the battle.

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