July 1863. The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia is invading the North. General Robert E. Lee has made this daring and massive move with 70,000 men in a determined effort to draw out the Union Army of the Potomac and mortally wound it. His right hand is General James Longstreet, a brooding man who is loyal to Lee but stubbornly argues against his plan. Opposing them is an unknown factor: General George Meade, who has taken command of the Army only two days before what will be perhaps the crucial battle of the Civil War.
In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fight for two conflicting dreams. One dreams of freedom, the other of a way of life. More than rifles and bullets are carried into battle. The soldiers carry memories. Promises. Love. And more than men fall on those Pennsylvania fields. Bright futures, untested innocence, and pristine beauty are also the casualties of war.
The Killer Angels is unique, sweeping, unforgettable, a dramatic re-creation of the battleground for America's destiny.
©1974 Michael Shaara, copyright renewed 2002 Jeffrey M. Shaara & Lila E. Shaara; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Shaara carries [the reader] swiftly and dramatically to a climax as exciting as if it were being heard for the first time." (The Seattle Times)
"The best and most realistic historical novel about war I have ever read." (General H. Norman Schwarzkopf)
A fantastic author and narrator! This is one of three best Civil War stories ever told. Voices were well done and the reality of the war came right on through. Don't miss the chance to hear this version of history.
it has been a long time since I read this book. What's interesting to me is that the audio version generated a completely different visual in my mind's eye than I had when I read it myself. I narrator did great, but something about his voice annoyed me. The southern drawl seemed whiny instead. He did great otherwise.
For a person who was NOT excited about reading/listening to this book, or all that interested in the Civil War, I'm so thankful for this production. The demonstrated amazing historical accuracy and the narrator added to the beauty and complexity of the work.
What a pleasure to read/hear!
This author was ahead of his time writing historical fiction. Not even sure that it can be called fiction because it is so truly historical. I came to better understanding of the Civil War listening to this book in all my classes in high school or college. I look forward to traveling to see the historical markers and honor those who were part of the Civil War. The story of Killer Angels has expanded my understanding vastly as to how and why men fight and about how leaders lead.
I think many lessons can be learned about leadership from this book. It could even be used in business curriculum.
Perfectly narrated. Creates the perfect vehicle to study why man continues to go to war. As relevant today as it was when Michael Shaara wrote it and for the time period covered. a must read for any Civil War fan as well as a student of the history of war.
This is not a story so much about the battle of Gettysburg as it is about the people who were part of the series of battles. I loved the perspective of the story being the people themselves and the insight into what they were thinking (I get that it is not purported to be fact) as they made various decisions, even down to the level of the fighters themselves.
I think it is also important to note what is missing: bias against a side or person and a focus on the vulgarity of wounds and carnage. I never felt that the author was pro-Union or pro-Confederate. Although he does not ignore the wounds or inhumanity of this warfare, he does only to the point necessary.
I liked the book so much that I also purchased the movie. I was pleased with how true to the book the movie stayed.
My son had to read this book for seventh grade so I thought I'd give it a go as well. It was absolutely fantastic and I am grateful to have gotten the chance to be introduced to it.
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