? have you ever walked the battleground at gettysburg PA
? did you ever wonder how you'd have lived through the 1860's
? would you be drawn to a story that makes those 3 days come alive
this pulitzer prize winning book was almost the life's work of (MS) michael shaara
but, as his son explains, it did not become well known until years after his death
that tragic fact, seems to fit with the sadness and weight of the tale he told
it is no exaggeration to say gettysburg's 3 days changed our nation's history
MS's book vividly animated the lives of the brave men caught in that struggle
despite their painful efforts the battle's outcome was, in a sense, beyond them
the founding father's postponement of the slavery issue could not endure
the incorporation of the frontier into the union brought it to a national boil
this is the sad story of the men who bleed and died at the crucible of that conflict
formal portraits of confederate soldiers hung in my grandfather's virginia home
(stonewall jackson, robert e. lee, john s. mosby, j.e.b. stuart et. al.)
their weathered faces seemed so formal and distant to me, as a young boy
after reading MS's vibrant book, the pictures have now come to life
Well written as well as well read! Puts you on the scene so to speak. Insight into the principal characters thought processes as well as consequences.
It was hard to follow the details of the strategy, you'd need a map to understand what division or brigade was where. Alot of it seemed to depend on the geography to follow. Just didn't capture my attention.
Planning to go to Gettysburg this summer. Thought this book would be a great listen to get ready for the trip. Although you know the outcome of the story, the author does a fantastic job of bringing the story and characters to life.
This is a dramatization of events that took place in and around Gettysburg, PA during the Civil War and I loved it! Normally I would steer clear of a novel like this, because I'm not very fond of the lofty prose that is prevalent in Civil War Era literature, but I'm glad I didn't!
As stated in the introduction, a more contemporary take on what the dialogue "might" have been like was applied with much creative license. This is OK, because I have been exposed to something that I may have gone my life without...a truly great work!
We listened to this book as we drove across the country to visit the battlefield. There is nothing bad to say about the book. Assuming one has not studied the battle, one learns a tremendous amount.