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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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Well worth it. Great book.

Loved it. Now on to 1861 the Civil War Awakening. I recommend a short essay compilation...the Skeptic's Guide to American History.

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Full package

Tremendous historic event, beautifully rendered by the author and a great performance by the narrator.

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Magnificent

Just a wonderfully told story. Depth, texture and humanity. Wonderful. Just listen now, you won't be disappointed.

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Great book. Hard to follow

The story line, history, facts, etc are all amazing. Just a lot of confusing times when trying to figure out which side (Union or Confederate) is being discussed until too far into a chapter.

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A great living history read

A great way to learn about Gettysburg. A great performance with numerous voices to help understand the characters, their context, and their perspectives.

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it's the greatest historical book I've ever read.

love every second of it. a must read by anybody interested in Gettysburg or the Civil War.

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Beautiful

Such a beautiful way to tell the story of the end of the Civil War. You grow to love both sides and end up teary at the end. Beautiful.

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Exceptional Read!

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.

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Great read

Such an interesting perspective, from the soldiers themselves. Great performance by the reader, and great pace for the book.

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Several reads, first time audio

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.