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Gone for Soldiers (original 2000; edition 2000)

by Jeff Shaara

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Title:Gone for Soldiers
Authors:Jeff Shaara (Author)
Info:New York: Ballantine Books, 2000. xix, 424 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. 1st ed
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Such ANGST! Robert E. Lee was an engineer who graduated from West Point. Why does he sound like a 15-year-old girl? And why does he keep blushing for gods sake?

Another reviewer recommends [b:The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomattox: Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan, and Their Brothers|477519|The Class of 1846 From West Point to Appomattox Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan, and Their Brothers|John C. Waugh|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320413537s/477519.jpg|465732] which sounds worth pursuing.

Sticking with fiction, you could get more than enough of the same general time period from [b:The Gates of the Alamo|1063298|The Gates of the Alamo|Stephen Harrigan|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347223847s/1063298.jpg|1049937] and more fun (with less angst) in [b:The Borderland|519026|The Borderland|Edwin Shrake|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348269970s/519026.jpg|506942]. ( )
  R0BIN | Apr 27, 2013 |
Very interesting account of the US - Mexican war that took place just before our own civil war. I especially enjoyed the author's accounting of what happened to each of the principal characters afterwards. I was a bit surprised there was nothing mentioned of the famous "boy heroes", Mexican cadets, that lost their lives when Chapultepec fell. ( )
  repb | Apr 23, 2013 |
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  BRCSBooks | Sep 5, 2011 |
What a great book about the "Generals to be" in the American Civil War. Shaara discusses the impact of Robert. E. Lee on important battles with Mexico. He also mentions Grant and the possible meeting of the two men. They mention the Irish Brigade who sided with the Mexicans, as a result of their feelings toward the British and their taking of North Ireland, and when captured were shot for dissertion. A great read about early Imperialism of the USA.
  hslone1 | Sep 3, 2011 |
I have read all of Mr. Shaara's novels, this one is a bit below them since it does not flow as smooth, and I got the feeling that he took too much "liberties" with the characters. There is no way for us to know exactly what was said, and who was thinking what, but I felt he went a little beyond his "Gods and Generals", and "The Last Full Measure" being much more free with historical characters.

Mr. Shaara did justice to General Scott, who to this day does not get the credit he deserved, but I think he got a bit confused with the character of R.E. Lee in his youth.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading the book and if you enjoyed this author's previous works, you'll enjoy this one also. ( )
  ZoharLaor | Jan 6, 2010 |
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Where have all the young men gone? Gone for soldiers, every one...

-Pete Seeger
"Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"
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To my friend Ralph Johnson, who for thirty years has been my Winfield Scott
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In 1844 the United States is very much a nation feeling its youth. (Introduction)
They had sailed early, cutting southward through the quiet water, the rugged coastline barely visible to the west.
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Having chronicled the Civil War in Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, Jeff Shaara casts his eye on the earlier proving ground of the Mexican War in his third novel, Gone for Soldiers. Although it secured the Southwest for a nation emboldened by Manifest Destiny, this two-year conflict has nearly faded into oblivion, eclipsed by the subsequent domestic dispute a dozen years later. Shaara's hallmarks--the deliberations of leaders and the brutal facts of battle--illuminate his engaging diversion into an oft-overlooked struggle in which men who would come to oppose one another fought under a single flag.

The veteran major-general Winfield Scott and an upstart Robert E. Lee anchor Gone for Soldiers. Headstrong, brilliant, and generally distrustful of his less able subordinates, Scott leads the U.S. troops slowly and inevitably toward Mexico City, imparting martial lessons along the way. "The worst consequence of fighting a war is not if you lose, Mr. Lee," he sighs. "The worst thing you can do is win badly." Lee distinguishes himself throughout the campaign, his meticulous scouting and shrewd inferences winning both Scott's admiration and the jealousy of officers whose ambition surpasses their experience. Lee, too, frequently assesses his place in the hierarchy, but he--like Scott--remains more bemused than seduced by the glitter of fame.

This sympathy between the two men grows as Lee observes Scott embroiled in the distracting politics of war: officers salivating for promotion, enemies more preoccupied with saving face than lives, distant legislators issuing directives. If Gone for Soldiers occasionally bogs down during its many lengthy battle scenes, unexpected and delightful small touches arise nearly as often--the "capture" of Mexican leader Santa Anna's wooden leg or the chance encounter between Lee and a young Ulysses S. Grant. Duty-bound and humble, Lee cultivates a perpetual stoicism. "Now we're out here in some place God may not want us to be. It's hard to believe He is happy watching us fight a war," he muses, a sobering coda to the grim calculations of victory. --Ben Guterson

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Eight thousand marines land in Vera Cruz bound for a war against the Mexican army, including Winfield Scott, a general who made history in the War of 1812, and Robert E. Lee, a forty-year-old engineer as yet untested in battle

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