This book was fabulous! And read by the author! Really, nobody else could have read it with all the original language references. Besides that, the content was tremendously interesting written in an extremely easy-to-understand and skillful style that showed the author's tremendous knowledge on the subject as well as his good sense of humor. I would recommend this book to anyone.
I am very sorry I ever downloaded this book. The writing style is very weird, the characters act like children - actually worse. The profanity is unbelievable. I really wasted my money. I wonder how this book got printed in the first place.
I never liked history in school. I did not realize at that time the importance of history on all of us. Besides that, history was never presented in a way that made you realize it was alive, and was formed by people who were just like us. "Gone for Soldiers" not only makes history come alive, it makes a relatively unknown period of history known to us. I remember hearing about the "Mexican War" in school - but that was it. The name of the war and some dates.
The author does a fantastic job of painting portraits of the various characters through whom the story is told. To anyone who has read any of Mr. Shaara's other works, or the work of his father, "The Killer Angels," a thread can be seen connecting each of his works through those characters, their predecessors, and their descendants.
I am indebted to Mr. Shaara to opening my eyes to this segment of American history. I would never have known about the greatness of Winfield Scott but for this book. Most other Americans do not know, either.
I recommend getting this book, either in print or audio, for the sheer educational value of it. Get it, listen to (or read) it, and get your children to listen to it. If for no other reason, get it just for the sheer entertainment value! Mr. Shaara, along with his close attention to the facts, has a remarkable literary talent. On top of that, the narrator, Jonathan Davis, reads not only with superb diction, but using different voices is able to add further brush strokes to the portrait of each historical character.
Thank you, Mr. Shaara, Mr. Davis and audible.com.
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