Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara
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The New York Times bestselling prequel to the Pulitzer Prize–winning classic The Killer Angels
In this brilliantly written epic novel, 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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jeff Shaara's Blaze of Glory.

About Jeff Shaara

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Michael Shaara was born in Jersey City in 1928 and graduated from Rutgers University in 1951. His early science fiction short stories were published in Galaxy magazine in 1952. He later began writing other works of fiction and published more than seventy short stories in many magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook. His first novel, The Broken Place, was published in 1968. But it was a simple family vacation to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1964 that gave him the inspiration for his greatest achievement, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels, published in 1974. Michael Shaara went on to write two more novels, The Noah Conspiracy and For Love of the Game, which was published after his death in 1988.Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Chain of Thunder, A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure-two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. He lives again in Tallahassee.
Published October 5, 2000 by Ballantine Books. 512 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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First-time author Sharra comes of a distinguished lineage: His father, Michael (who died in 1988), wrote the Pulitzer Prizewinning novel The Killer Angels (1974) about the Civil War battle of Gettysburg.

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The publisher is aggressively linking Shaara's first novel with The Killer Angels, the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning (1974) novel about the Battle of Gettysburg by his father, Michael Shaara (d.

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Shaara, whose father, Michael Shaara, won the Pulitzer in 1975 for his Civil War saga The Killer Angels, penned this prequel, which spent 14 weeks on PW's bestseller list.

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Suite 101

This violent independent film surrounding home invasion makes for a dull viewing on an equally unenthusiastic Blu-ray high definition release.

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Chicago Tribune

The South rises again in "Gods and Generals," an often striking 3 1/2-hour Civil War epic that has the unfortunate effect of overtipping the dramatic scales in favor of the Southern generals and turning almost everybody into waxen idols who spout flowery rhetoric.

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An award-winning television writer tries to rescue Civil War history from the clutches of droning, uninspired history teachers.

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News Review.

Maxwell’s Gettysburg (1993), from Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels, was one of the best movies ever made about the Civil War.

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Rolling Stone

The mighty wind of speechifying can knock you unconscious in this 217-minute Civil War epic from the folks who brought you the 248-minute Gettysburg in 1993.

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But pic soon returns to its old ways, as Jackson is felled by "friendly fire," and ends up lying on his deathbed for an endless 20 minutes.While Lang lacks the tools needed to bring Jackson alive and approachable, thesp is surely hampered in the epic role by script's characterization of the South...

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The Wargamer

Gods and Generals succeeds in understanding and portraying the Confederate perspective of the war to such a degree that many critics have denigrated the film on the grounds that it's too apologetic for the Confederate cause (one reviewer called it "the first film financed by the CSA").

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