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Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara

Gods and Generals

by Jeff Shaara

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    DinadansFriend: Another Civil war novelist whose Gettysburg novel I found good.
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A huge disappointment when compared to The Killer Angels. Stiff, formal and uninvolving. ( )
  wolfepack | Jan 31, 2014 |
I believe this was written using research generated by the father, Michael. It's an okay novel, frequently dropping in on the earlier life of Joshua Chamberlain. Not very compelling, but the history seems competent. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Oct 4, 2013 |
Exceptional novel of the Civil War era covering several battles and speaks of what the individaul soldier must have felt. Very good read, very sensitive. five stars ( )
  oldman | Sep 22, 2012 |
Gods and Generals is a book that follows four leaders of the Civil War, looking at their lives and careers in the years leading to and the first 2 years (approximately) of the war. While the characters in the story are pulled from history (General Robert E. Lee, General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, General Winfield Scott Hancock, and Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Chamberlain), it is fiction in that the author delves more into the characters than history records. If you’re looking for an accurate history book with very detailed information about battles, then this isn’t the book for you. While Shaara does give ample information about troop movements and battles, he spends more time exploring the characters, their motivations for fighting, their family lives, and their relationships with the other soldiers.

I’m a history buff and particularly enjoy learning about the Civil War. So, I really enjoyed this book. As I read I had a strong urge to watch the movie Gettysburg, which was based on his father, Michael Shaara’s book The Killer Angels, to get the rest of the story. Oh and Gods and Generals was also made into a film. And as I researched a little more, I learned that there is one more book in this Civil War trilogy, The Last Full Measure, which covers what happens after Gettysburg.

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1 vote RtB | Apr 27, 2011 |
Gods and Generals focuses on the men who shaped the early part of the American Civil War through the different points of view from both the Union and Confederate sides. Through the eyes of Winfield Scott Hancock and Joshua Chamberlain we see the ineptitude of the Union leadership and the frustration of losing the first major battles of the War Between the States. The Confederate narrative of Robert E. Lee tells of the struggle to choose between country and homeland. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson epitomizes the fierce will of the southerners to defeat the Yankee "invasion."

This is not an easy war to understand or write about. However, through the skill and passion of Jeff Shaara, history comes alive as he provides a foundation of the tumultuous years of 1858 - 1863 when two armies "led by fallible egos and blind fantasies of men" collided. Every American would benefit from reading this fictionalized but accurate historical account of a sad and bloody time in our nation's past. ( )
2 vote Donna828 | Apr 8, 2011 |
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In a prequel of sorts to his father Michael Shaara's 1974 epic novel The Killer Angels, Jeff Shaara explores the lives of Generals Lee, Hancock, Jackson and Chamberlain as the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg approaches. Shaara captures the disillusionment of both Lee and Hancock early in their careers, Lee's conflict with loyalty, Jackson's overwhelming Christian ethic and Chamberlain's total lack of experience, while illustrating how each compensated for shortcomings and failures when put to the test. The perspectives of the four men, particularly concerning the battles at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, make vivid the realities of war.

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The extraordinary lives, passions, and careers of four great military leaders--Stonewall Jackson, Winfield Scott Hancock, Joshua Chamberlain, and Robert E. Lee--come to a climax as Union and Confederate forces clash on the battlefields of the Civil War. A worthy companion to The Killer Angels . . . Shaara brilliantly charts the war, the exploits of the combatants and their motivations. He also concisely shows how the early parts of the campaign unfolded. His accounts of the battles of Williamsburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville are exciting. . . . Though the story of the Civil War has been told many times, this is the rare version that conveys what it must have felt like.… (more)

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