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Publisher's Summary

After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

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.

Critic Reviews

  • Pulitzer Prize winner, Fiction 1975

"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)

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Great Book, I totally recommend it. five star.

There are not many books that I have listened to three or four times. This is one of them. I find it compelling every time I go through it.

If you know anyone that you want to interest in Civil War history, this book should do it.

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Flawless performance of sublime content

Have listened to great volumes on sundry topics. I don't believe entertainment gets any better.

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Wonderful Civil War Insight

This book was a pleasure, if a rending one. The characters come truly to life and one can actually feel the bullets streaking by in this excellent reading.

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well worth it

Great story from our nation's history and very well told. It compelled me to buy the movie Gettysburg.

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Great, great read

A new perspective in a war that's been so often written. It was a treat to listen.

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Thank you, Michael Shaara.

After reading Killer Angels for the second time, I went right to my computer for the purpose of finding a way to write Michael Shaara and thank him for writing this amazing book. It was then I found out he was dead, never having enjoyed the success he deserved. This recording was completely enjoyable. Listening to the book provided a wonderfully different experience. You will love it. You will love the "killer angels" who fought the battle. Your heart will break for both sides. Thank you Michael Shaara.

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Hands Down, One Of My All Time Favorites

LOVED IT.! The details allow me to relive those three days, everytime I read or listen to this book.

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Highly recommended

For me an overly melancholic performance in which everyone sounded subdued and depressed but really great book and experience overall

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Historical Fiction

One of the best books I have read (or listened to). It's among the list of books that I will read every year. The narration by Stephen Hoye brings Shaara's account of the battle of Gettysburg to life--beautifully done. Every man should thoroughly understand what men did in our country in the early 1860s--this book is an excellent introduction to the Civil War.

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I have experienced this book in print and now, through Audible.It is impressive in both mediums, but the reader here is exceptional, and brings all of these men, and the agonies of those three momentous days to light.
If you have any interest at all in your nation's history, you should not miss this Pulitzer prize winning novel. It is sublime.