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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling prequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Killer Angels.   

In this brilliantly written epic novel, Jeff Shaara traces the lives, passions, and careers of the great military leaders from the first gathering clouds of the Civil War. Here is Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, a hopelessly by-the-book military instructor and devout Christian who becomes the greatest commander of the Civil War; Winfield Scott Hancock, a captain of quartermasters who quickly establishes himself as one of the finest leaders of the Union army; Joshua Chamberlain, who gives up his promising academic career and goes on to become one of the most heroic soldiers in American history; and Robert E. Lee, never believing until too late that a civil war would ever truly come to pass. Profound in its insights into the minds and hearts of those who fought in the war, Gods and Generals creates a vivid portrait of the soldiers, the battlefields, and the tumultuous times that forever shaped the nation. 

©2000 Jeff Shaara (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Powerful.... Though the story of the Civil War has been told many times, this is the rare version that conveys what it must have felt like." (Chicago Sun-Times)

"Compelling...a work of vivid drama and skill." (The Dallas Morning News)

"[Jeff] Shaara’s beautifully sensitive novel delves deeply in the empathetic realm of psycho-history, where enemies do not exist - just mortal men forced to make crucial decisions and survive on the same battlefield." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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Like father like son

Jeff is just as good as his father was. A great prequel to Gettysburg. Narrator is also excellent. A must-have for fans of Civil War novels.

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OOOOOHHHH, YEEEAAAAHHHH!

What a fantastic book. I'd put it right up there with good old Shelby.
The narrator was excellent. He "voiced" everyone true to character, was emotive, and a pleasure to listen, too.
Well researched. I learned so much from this book, especially about the early years of the Civil War which happen to be my weakest areas.
I will definitely be continuing on with this series. Check out his 2 books on the Revolutionary war......Amazing.

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Another great audiobook by Jeff Shaara.

excellent book. it is very well written and well narrated. worth listening to again and again.

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Absolutely wonderful!

Absolutely wonderful! I learned so much about the Civil War that I had forgotten or never knew, how it came about and why. It’s like a time machine, taking you back to those days. And the narrator is superb, bringing to life the dialogue of the characters with endless types of voices and accents.

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More than just the history..

Jeff reveals insights and opinions into what the great General may have been thinking and reflection upon during crucial moments in their lives - both militarily and personally. I found very entertaining with a lot of back-story (and sometimes a bit confusing) regarding military missions, personal politics and attack positions.

Would definitely recommend!

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Magnificent

This book blends history and masterful story telling. The book is magnificent, in analog or audio format.
Mark Bramhall is an excellent narrator.

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Very good book

I enjoy the humanity given to historical figures. I’ve listened to Shelby Foote’s Civill War anthology and like the detail of strategy. But this gives a different, enjoyable perspective. You get a sense of the men who fought on both sides.

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Where is Longstreet?

I love these Shaara books!! “Gettysburg” is one of my all time favorite books. However, this book spends way too much time on Lee. The constant reliance on God is annoying. And and and: where is the Ol’ War Horse. The least hypocritical of Confederate generals left out? Why?

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I Liked the Approach

I didn't finish this read. I decided I need to know a little bit more about American history to put the conversations in context. And I will do this because the conversations and how things rolled out were fascinating. I loved the approach of listening to what the men said and how they struggled with the issues as they evolved. I'll read this one for sure.

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A Must Read

Fantastic Book! wonderfully insightful and nuanced in his treatment of all who took part in these historic events. A must read - as is his father's "Killer Angels" - for all who want to understand the complexity of the war between the states.