The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
The Classic Novel of the Civil War

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“My favorite historical novel . . . a superb re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg, but its real importance is its insight into what the war was about, and what it meant.”—James M. McPherson
In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two conflicting 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. Bright futures, untested innocence, and pristine beauty were also the casualties of war. Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece is unique, sweeping, unforgettable—the dramatic story of the battleground for America’s destiny.

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

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Michael Shaara was born in 1928 in Jersey City, New Jersey. After graduating from Rutgers University in 1951, he served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, was an amateur boxer, and a police officer. In 1960 he became a professor of creative writing at Florida State University, where he won a faculty-wide award for excellence in teaching. His writing career included the publication of some seventy short stories, beginning in the early 1950s in the heyday of science-fiction publications such as Astounding and Galaxy. Subsequent stories were published through the early 1970s in The Saturday Evening Post, Playboy, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and others. His first novel, The Broken Place, was published in 1968. Other novels include The Herald and For Love of the Game (published after his death). Michael Shaara died in 1988 at the age of fifty-nine.
Published June 9, 2010 by Ballantine Books. 368 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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A gripping novel about the four days of the battle of Gettysburg, The Killer Angels is alive with noble figures and moves through its fated courses in a prose both simple and epic.

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The fear many felt because they weren't warriors, weren't trained in battle, just common people drawn into the cause of their side.

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Shaara looks at the battle through the eyes of the principal leaders from both the Confederacy and the Union, constantly switching points of view between the leaders on the field.

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Although I’ve seen white characters on other shows imply rapist desires on their captives, I still really have a hard time believing that would have been the first words written for the character if he was played by a white actor on this show.

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