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Jeff Shaara

Author of Gods and Generals

41+ Works 16,552 Members 303 Reviews 36 Favorited

About the Author

Jeff Shaara was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on February 21, 1952. He received a degree in criminology from Florida State University in 1974. He was a professional dealer in rare coins for many years and operated his own business in Tampa until the death of his father, Michael Shaara, in 1988, show more when he became actively involved in the elder Shaara's literary estate. He continued his father's work by researching the history of the characters his father had brought to life in The Killer Angels, and in 1996 his prequel, Gods and Generals, was published. The book was awarded the American Library Association's Boyd Award for Excellence in Military Fiction and was adapted into a motion picture in 2003. His other works include The Last Full Measure, Rise to Rebellion, The Glorious Cause, The Steel Wave, No Less Than Victory, The Final Storm, A Blaze of Glory, A Chain of Thunder, The Smoke at Dawn, and The Fateful Lightning. He received another Boyd Award for To the Last Man. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Jeff Shaara

Gods and Generals (1996) 3,219 copies, 36 reviews
The Last Full Measure (1998) 2,166 copies, 23 reviews
Rise to Rebellion (2001) 1,551 copies, 28 reviews
The Rising Tide (2006) 1,241 copies, 17 reviews
The Glorious Cause (2002) 1,235 copies, 18 reviews
Gone for Soldiers (2000) 1,111 copies, 12 reviews
To the Last Man (2004) 994 copies, 18 reviews
The Steel Wave (2009) 863 copies, 19 reviews
No Less Than Victory (2009) 642 copies, 11 reviews
The Final Storm (2011) 475 copies, 24 reviews
The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War (2017) 273 copies, 10 reviews
The Fateful Lightning (2015) 250 copies, 7 reviews
Gods and Generals [2003 film] (2003) — Original book — 220 copies, 1 review
To Wake the Giant: A Novel of Pearl Harbor (2020) 155 copies, 9 reviews
The Old Lion: A Novel of Theodore Roosevelt (2023) 99 copies, 8 reviews
Old Lion (2024) 3 copies
Gettysburg 1 copy
ULTIMO ALIENTO (2015) 1 copy

Associated Works

MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 2013 (2013) — Author "Fiction" — 3 copies


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Novels of World War II , Book 1
MontanaMick | 16 other reviews | Jun 30, 2024 |
I had forgotten how much I like books like this-- interesting, readable, and a lot to learn and ponder. The personalities of those he profiles are very informative -- and it does make you wonder what things would have been like had they had the information available to them that we have today. And would different personalities in key positions have made outcomes change? Not sure how much military life has changed-- and the insight into PTSD was edifying. I hope we provide care for this experiencing this sort of trauma in service of all of us.… (more)
ehousewright | 6 other reviews | Jun 9, 2024 |
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The Shadow of War: A Novel of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Jeff Shaara takes place in the few days in which the world was on the brink of nuclear war. Mr. Shaara is a best-selling author, known for historical fiction books told through the views of individuals.

Like other Jeff Shaara books, this one also presents historical events from different points of view. And like his other books, this one is also well-researched.

One of the reasons I have enjoyed Jeff Shaara’s books for the last few decades is that he takes larger-than-life figures, and makes them relatable. He does the same in The Shadow of War, even though the book only looks at the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The book tells of the immense pressure faced by the new, young President and his brother/Attorney General – the only man he trusted. John F. Kennedy knew that Nikita Kruschev had danced diplomatic circles around him and was testing him. Bobby Kennedy has to manage his brother’s team and act as a gatekeeper.

The book does a great job of telling of the pressures felt by JFK. The Bay of Pigs invasion was a colossal failure, Communism was a huge perceived threat, his generals wanted war, and UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson pushed for appeasement.

Jeff Shaara does not forget the average American, told through the eyes of Joseph Russo who only knows what is reported. Mr. Russo represents the public sentiment, without the knowledge that leaders, and in this case the reader, had. This aspect of the book keeps us all grounded with real-life consequences, not just political humiliation.

The book is gripping, and surprisingly filled with tension. Even though we already know what happened, the idea of what “could have been” is terrifying. For me, the real charm is the lesser-known events that get lost in the big picture, but are no less important.
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ZoharLaor | 3 other reviews | Jun 7, 2024 |
Wow, where even to begin with this outstanding historical fiction! Even though "The Shadow of War" is the first novel that I have read by Jeff Shaara, he is now on my list of favorite authors. I read an average of 80 novels per year, so that says a lot! From the first page to the last, "The Shadow of War" is a well-written, intriguing, fast-paced novel that keeps the reader engaged. Mr. Shaara completed extensive research, using the character's memoirs, diaries, etc., and the people around them, to create a story told from the perspective of these interesting characters. If you lived during the Cuban Missile Crisis, or studied it in school, you will find this a fascinating and educational read. I would definitely add this riveting novel to your tbr list. I'm also looking forward to reading previous and upcoming novels by Mr. Shaara.… (more)
AndreaHelena | 3 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |



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