HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara
Loading...

The Last Full Measure (1998)

by Jeff Shaara

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,619176,957 (4.03)55
The last year of the Civil War as seen by the two commanding generals, Grant and Lee. The novel is the final volume in a trilogy, begun by the author's father with The Killer Angels. In the Pulitzer prize-winning classic The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the finest Civil War novel of our time, an enduring bestseller that has sold more than two million copies. In the bestselling Gods and Generals, Shaara's son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father's vision, telling the epic story of the events culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg. Now, Jeff Shaara brings this legendary father-son trilogy to its stunning conclusion in a novel that brings to life the final two years of the Civil War. As The Last Full Measure opens, Gettysburg is past and the war advances to its third brutal year. On the Union side, the gulf between the politicians in Washington and the generals in the field yawns ever wider. Never has the cumbersome Union Army so desperately needed a decisive, hard-nosed leader. It is at this critical moment that Lincoln places Ulysses S. Grant in command, and turns the tide of war. For Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg was an unspeakable disaster, compounded by the shattering loss of the fiery Stonewall Jackson two months before. Lee knows better than anyone that the South cannot survive a war of attrition. But with the total devotion of his generals; Longstreet, Hill, Stuart, and his unswerving faith in God, Lee is determined to fight to the bitter end. Here too is Joshua Chamberlain, the college professor who emerged as the Union hero of Gettysburg, and who will rise to become one of the greatest figures of the Civil War. Battle by staggering battle, Shaara dramatizes the escalating confrontation between Lee and Grant, complicated, heroic, deeply troubled men. From the costly Battle of the Wilderness to the agonizing siege of Petersburg to Lee's epoch-making surrender at Appomattox, Shaara portrays the riveting conclusion of the Civil War through the minds and hearts of the individuals who gave their last full measure. Full of human passion and the spellbinding truth of history, The Last Full Measure is the fitting capstone to a magnificent literary trilogy.… (more)

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 55 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 17 (next | show all)
The final book in the Shaara civil war trilogy changes the tone and approach slightly from the previous novels, but is still a compelling and worthwhile read.

The previous 2 books, (Gods and Generals and Gettysburg) alternate between many different stories from several perspectives. This book focuses primarily on General Grant and General Lee, with some General Chamberlain thrown in for flavor.

As with the other books, this novel does a great job of getting to the humanity of the characters it follows. Unlike the other books, this one also jumps into some no-name (fictional?) soldiers for dramatic perspectives on critical events.

As with the rest of the trilogy, this book doesn't spend a lot of time on logistics or nuts and bolts matters of battles. While having a background with the battles covered isn't necessary to enjoy the book, I think that knowledge greatly enhances the experience.

The trilogy as a whole isn't just for Civil War or history buffs; I think the human aspects of the story could appeal to anyone who simply likes good human drama. That being said, I think this is a great addition to a list of must read books for students of the Civil War, and even the most well-versed among us will likely learn something about the conflicts.

My one real criticism is that the book seems to dedicate more pages to some smaller, less consequential battles than it does to other more consequential ones.

And I was amazed at how much action occurred during the final sieges. Several attacks and counterattacks over a several month period...the final struggle was more intense than I imagined.

Overall, I highly recommend this book, and this trilogy, to civil war aficionados and fans of human drama who are interested in a unique and consequential setting for their stories. ( )
  McCarthys | Jan 30, 2019 |
Very interesting to read after a visit to Petersburg VA and a trip at its famous "Crater" battlefield.

At the eve of the 100th Anniversary of WWI what strikes the reader is how the later part of the North against South conflict, from 1863 until the end at Appomattox Court House, foreshadows the first great industrial conflict of 1914-1918. The race to flank Lee's army of Northern Virginia by Ulysses S. Grant by marching South West has the two belligerent digging trenches more than 40 miles long, complete with forts and batteries, in response to Southern efforts to defend Petersburg and its vital railway line, the lifeline to Richmond.

Jeff Shaara is excellent at making the reader feel how close these armies were, at times not more than 10 feet apart.
The use of maps makes this book very clear to follow.

It does remind the famous WWI Race to the Sea Sept.-Nov. 1914, when after being stopped at the Marne river, the German Army tried to outflank the Franco-British army and, contrary to Grant, were unsucessful.
Shaara excels at picking vignettes of these combats, describing the chance encounter of a commander with one or a couple of combatants from both sides, while making clear the grand strategy and the emotions of his historical characters.

His rendition of the final surrender is truly moving. Well done! ( )
  Artymedon | Nov 3, 2018 |
@ Civil War
Their belief in God — on both sides
Brilliance of Robert E. Lee "Bobby Lee"
Randall — Cavalry — Horseman
lesser forces — more skill — with a great leader
Rebel Yell — dreaded sound on the other side
Legacy of West Point
Bowdoin — Chamberlain — led charge w/ bayonet w/ bullets gone — always concentrated on big pix — avoid agony or sym dead —
Stonewall Jackson — charged over the wall — not @ slavery but right to make our decisions on their soil —
so soon after it ended Grant left to go home Lincoln in Wash to go to play — he was shot — suddenly Grant was President —
Talk @ Counter Factuals!
Events change the world without warning — God's warning?

Gettysburg is past and the war advances to its third brutal year. On the Union side, the gulf between the politicians in Washington and the generals in the field yawns ever wider. Never has the cumbersome Union Army so desperately needed a decisive, hard-nosed leader. It is at this critical moment that Lincoln places Ulysses S. Grant in command--and turns the tide of war.

For Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg was an unspeakable disaster--compounded by the shattering loss of the fiery Stonewall Jackson two months before. Lee knows better than anyone that the South cannot survive a war of attrition. But with the total devotion of his generals--Longstreet, Hill, Stuart--and his unswerving faith in God, Lee is determined to fight to the bitter end.

Here too is Joshua Chamberlain, the college professor who emerged as the Union hero of Gettysburg--and who will rise to become one of the greatest figures of the Civil War.
  christinejoseph | May 8, 2018 |
A very enjoyable book and satisfying finish to the Civil War trilogy by Jeff Shaara. I had read the first two books of the triology many years ago, but for whatever reason had not got around to finishing it. I am very glad I did.

I have been on a bit of a Civil War kick in the last month, and this book provided a lighter read about the characters and events that have so fascinated me. Shaara's ability to get into the heads of the historical figures is outstanding, and his ability to describe battle scenes (and provide maps to help those of us who have trouble visualizing things) is excellent. I would recommend this book, and the whole series, to anyone with any interest in the Civil War or anyone who enjoys direct historical fiction. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
I was fully drawn into the lives of these incredible people and to the evnts in which they participated. ( )
  ibkennedy | Jul 30, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 17 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
To my friend Ron Maxwell, who has taught me to never lose sight of the dream
First words
By July 1863 the Civil War has been fought over the farmlands and seacoasts of the South for better than two years, and is already one of the bloodiest wars in human history.
Quotations
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4.03)
0.5 1
1 2
1.5 1
2 5
2.5 2
3 48
3.5 21
4 113
4.5 11
5 86

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 138,191,531 books! | Top bar: Always visible