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A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh (edition 2012)

by Jeff Shaara

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Title:A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh
Authors:Jeff Shaara
Info:Ballantine Books (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 464 pages
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Tags:historical fiction, Civil War, Shiloh

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A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh by Jeff Shaara

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I have read some of Jeff Shaara's Revolutionary War novels, which were quite good, so I was looking forward to reading this novel that takes place during the Civil War at the Battle of Shiloh. After abandoning the city of Nashville, General Johnston and the Rebel troops are hunkered down in Tennessee. Meanwhile General Grant and Buell are planning on combining their forces and crushing Johnston. When Johnston gets wind of this, he sneak attacks Grant while he is still waiting for Buell. This starts the Battle of Shiloh, perhaps the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.

There was a lot to like about this novel. Shaara does a great job with historical research, and I certainly appreciate that. The battle itself was dramatic and intriguing from a historical perspective. But what I think that I most liked about this novel was the humanization of some of these historical figures. It's hard to capture that just by reading a history book. I knew about the basic things that happened in the Civil War and who were the main players, but Shaara really brought these people to life with his writing. General Sherman was battling a confidence crisis with a loss at the Battle of Bull Run. General Grant was the brilliant mind who had to watch his steps with his superiors or risk being removed again from the field. Johnston was the strong-willed guiding force, who had he lived, could have guided the South to victory. Beauregard was the arrogant general whose hubris may have cost them the battle. On the down side, I thought the novel was overly long, and there was a decent bit of fluff that could have been cut out of this. In all, this was both informative and entertaining--a book that I recommend.

Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity ( )
  Carl_Alves | Apr 29, 2015 |
Jeff Shaara has produced a riveting account of The Battle of Shiloh, an important campaign during the Civil War. All of the historical facts are there, with the added bonus of Shaara's imagination filling in the dialogue, which really brought the history to life. This is the first volume of a trilogy, and I am eager to read the next two books in the series. Highly recommended for those interested in Civil War History, American History and well written Historical Fiction. #MyLibraryThing ( )
  Archivist13 | Sep 15, 2014 |
Continues the story of the Civil War in the historical fiction based on fact series. Shiloh was a horrible battle. It was mis-fought by almost all the generals. It was an expensive lesson for the generals who survived. More to the point, it took boy out of the farm boys who fought it and made them into battle hardened veterans. ( )
  DeaconBernie | Sep 10, 2014 |
Jeff Shaara has written a number of books, all focusing on wars or specific battles, usually involving the Civil War. The subject of this work is the Battle of Shiloh, one of the early major conflicts in the western theater of the United States Civil War.

Sharra tells the story through the eyes of several characters, from commanding generals to front line troops, a device first used so successfully by his father Michael Shaara in Killer Angels, a dramatized look at the Battle of Gettysburg and one of the best books I’ve ever read. Sadly, the father overshadows the son, and though this is a good summary of the events leading up to and through the Battle of Shiloh, it pales in comparison to Killer Angels (possibly, in part, because the Battle of Gettysburg provides a richer cast of characters and events).

Nevertheless, it is a good history lesson for those interested in Civil War history or some of the major characters active in the western theater of the war. ( )
  santhony | Dec 11, 2013 |
Anothe good book from Jeff Shaara. This one is a dissection of the events and personalities surrounding the battle of Shiloh Church. The Union won this battle, but much could have been done to alter the outcome. Shaara does a good job of bringing these possibilities to the fore. Several different persons are followed theough the whole of the battle and what they did and the impact they had. Four and one-half stars ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345527356, Hardcover)

In the first novel of a spellbinding new trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Jeff Shaara returns to the Civil War terrain he knows best. A Blaze of Glory takes us to the action-packed Western Theater for a vivid re-creation of one of the war’s bloodiest and most iconic engagements—the Battle of Shiloh.
 
It’s the spring of 1862. The Confederate Army in the West teeters on the brink of collapse following the catastrophic loss of Fort Donelson. Commanding general Albert Sidney Johnston is forced to pull up stakes, abandon the critical city of Nashville, and rally his troops in defense of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. Hot on Johnston’s trail are two of the Union’s best generals: the relentless Ulysses Grant, fresh off his career-making victory at Fort Donelson, and Don Carlos Buell. If their combined forces can crush Johnston’s army and capture the railroad, the war in the West likely will be over. There’s just one problem: Johnston knows of the Union plans, and is poised to launch an audacious surprise attack on Grant’s encampment—a small settlement in southwestern Tennessee anchored by a humble church named Shiloh.
 
With stunning you-are-there immediacy, Shaara takes us inside the maelstrom of Shiloh as no novelist has before. Drawing on meticulous research, he dramatizes the key actions and decisions of the commanders on both sides: Johnston, Grant, Sherman, Beauregard, and the illustrious Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest. Here too are the thoughts and voices of the junior officers, conscripts, and enlisted men who gave their all for the cause, among them Confederate cavalry lieutenant James Seeley and Private Fritz “Dutchie” Bauer of the 16th Wisconsin Regiment—brave participants in a pitched back-and-forth battle whose casualty count would far surpass anything the American public had yet seen in this war. By the end of the first day of fighting, as Grant’s bedraggled forces regroup for could be their last stand, two major events—both totally unexpected—will turn the tide of the battle and perhaps the war itself.

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A fictional account of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, told from the perspectives of participants on both sides, recreates the April 1862 surprise attack by Confederate forces on the Union Army at Shiloh.

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