From Antietam to Gettysburg to Vicksburg, and to the many poignant destinations in between, Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields is the ideal guide for casual tourists and Civil War enthusiasts alike.
©2007 Jeff Shaara; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"This is an informative and moving examination of 'hallowed ground' that will appeal to both scholars and Civil War buffs, especially those planning to visit these sites." (Booklist)
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Jeff Shaara, in writing this book constructed a dry history lesson. Jeff Shaara's father, Michael Shaara, got me interested in Civil War history because the dramatization within his Civil War books, made history come to life. I loved Michael Sharra' s books. However, reading this book of Jeff Shaara, brought me painfully back to the boredom of 8th-9th grade history. If you are a genuine history buff, you may love this dry rendition. If you need history to come alive, pass on this book, and search for the father's, Michael Shaara's, fun and exciting dramatizations of Civil War history.
Molly Nash Larson
Shaara does a very good job of summarizing six battles of the Civil War with the focus on visiting the fields and seeing the terrain. If touring battlefields is one's desire, this book makes a great introduction.
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