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Ever since the guns fell silent in July 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg has emerged as the defining conflict in our nation's history. American memory has established Gettysburg as the most important, most heroic, most savage battle this nation has ever fought. It has become our Waterloo, our battle of Marathon, our siege of Troy. In this riveting historical reappraisal, esteemed Civil War historian, Thomas A. Desjardin, sets out to examine the truth behind the myth by probing how this battle became legend in American hearts and minds. What emerges from Desjardin's research is a fascinating biography of a story--the story of Gettysburg--as he highlights how flawed our knowledge of this enormous event is, and how Americans have fashioned the Battle as a reflection of, and testimony to, our culture and our nation.

©2003 Thomas A. Desjardin (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks America

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This was a struggle.

I really want to like this book. I like refreshing looks at history. The author is extremely knowledgeable, but his writing style comes off very pompous. He forgets that works of fiction are often the catalyst for people to start the journey to learn more about history. His non stop mentioning of the Killer Angels was annoying. He could have covered this in a much shorter manner. Like many of the battles experts, he acts like everyone on the battlefield should already be a well versed expert. Ultimately I feel that this was not worth the cost and feel cheated by the author.