Jeff Shaara: Gods and Generals



For those who may not know Jeff Shaara is the son of Michael Shaara who wrote The Killer Angels Without that reat book there would be no Gods and Generals or the many other books Jeff has written since this first one Let me first talk about The Killer Angels Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 it did not receive the public recognition it deserved until after Michael Shaara s death at age 50 That s sad to me because it is such a The End of the Hunt good book The recognition finally came when the movie Gettysburg based on the book was released in 1993 Shaara didn tet to realize this but his son did I had just assumed it was Jeff s idea to continue his dad s work creating the two books that would sandwich his dad s novel In actuality the idea for those two books came from the publishers Jeff had never even attempted writing This would be his first book Well I think writing is in the family Rozvaliny Gorlanu (Hraničářův učeň, genes I have read that he doesn t uite write with the prose that his dad did It s been too long since reading The Killer Angels for me to judge I just know that the story he created here in Gods and Generals is veryood Gods and Generals is a personalized historical novel Like The Killer Angels it is a character driven story wholly based on the detailed facts of our country s Civil War What s so Bikini good about these books is theetting to know the soldiers Each man struggled with fear and hoped for the life on the other side of this war knowing this certain day of battle may be their last If you ve ever watched Ken Burns The Civil War documentary then you ll know what I m saying It s like seeing men and women from the past Chamberlain was a school teacher who volunteered for war because believed in his country Hancock was a brave leader hampered by the Facilitation Made Easy generals above his status Jackson was a brilliant strategist and devout Christian with a soft heart that I didn t know about Lee never wanted the war did not believe in slavery but like each man brought to war he would defend the state he called homeSo I didn t love it like I did The Killer Angels but I liked it very much I likedoing back to this pivotal period of time and our country s fate All wars suck This war was so devastating to so many It can t be forgotten Dislike A complete and total dislike The description was Izmeklētājs. Būris good The characters wereood The story line was fine Just Don t Like ItThat s all I have to say Seeking uality historical novels about the American Civil War I came to this trilogy which I see is particularly popular From the beginning however I was troubled by the order in which I s The first in the epic fatherson Civil War trilogy the next one is The Killer Angels by Jeff s father Michael Shaara followed by Jeff s seu. In a preuel of sorts to his father Michael Shaara's 1974 epic novel The Killer Angels Jeff Shaara explores the lives of Generals Lee Hancock Jackson and Chamberlain as the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg approaches.

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En at least 4 different commanders I wish highschools would teach history like this Most of my friends hate social studies but I ADORE history Read this book One of the most wonderful books on the main Civil War battles I ve read in a long time A Civil War book fictionalizing several different sectors of society Set mostly in the time it seemed possible the South would actually win the warNot bad but I m not entirely convinced of the historiosity I m Dirty Dealing going to uote the words of Jason Mraz and say I won tive up on us God knows I m tough enough We ve Arnhem 1944 got a lot to learn God knows we re worth itWell it turns out I m not tough enough and this book wasn t worth it Oh and I m totallyiving up on us Rating 275 stars This book is the story of 4 You Get What You Give generals or maybe I seriously don t know and what they went through during the Civil warSeems exciting enough The problem is I don t read historical fiction but this book was so cheap I just couldn t help myselfThis book was like a map and I m horrible with directions Also I m not American so I didn t know half of the places the author was talking about Why 275 starsTheoodThe writing was pretty reatI liked some of the characters and understood their decisions regarding which side they supported North or SouthThe character s stories background and difference in faith was enjoyable to read aboutThe badDescription description and did I mention the descriptionI liked the characters but I didn t LIKE the charactersWar startegies and politics So hard to understandSlow PACEIf you like politics and historical fiction you will really like this bookMaybe when I m wiser and older I will finish reading it and like it Probably not about being wiser and finishing the book This book could be considered the preuel to THE KILLER ANGELS reviewed separately written by Mr Shaara s father This book takes a uniue perspective leading up to the Civil War introducing us to the notable historical figures in that confrontation Mr Shaara shares with the reader through excellent characterization and dialogue why the Civil war was so important to these men The author manages to bring to life the years leading up to the Civil War Seemingly historically accurate this book answered many of my uestions about why this battle even happened Obviously the dialogue and innermost thoughts expressed by the characters in this book are speculation but the book did serve it s purpose for me It did answer any uestions in my mind in a colorful non textbook wayAlthough as mentioned I enerally shy away from war books I do enjoy historical fiction and in my opinion this was historical fiction at its best Focus is on a few officers from both sides before Gettysbur. G how each compensated for shortcomings and failures when put to the test The perspectives of the four men particularly concerning the battles at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville make vivid the realities of

El The Last Full Measure This was Jeff s first book and it must have been intimidating writing a preuel to his father s book which had won the Pulitzer prize and been made into the astonishingly Sniper (Women of the United Federation Marines, good film GettysburgBut Jeff rose to the challenge admirably and delivered a book similar in tone to his father s and carefully maintaining the air of tragedy that his father achieved in The Killer Angels For those who are new Gods and Generals starts at the beginning of the American Civil War and follows four of the major commanders through the first three years of the war What makes this trilogy so uniue is its even handedness to both sides of the battle which makes the war itself something tragic Highly recommended seriesThis was made into a film of the same name which deviated uite differently from the book If they d stuck to the book it would have been an amazing film instead it became a fascinating but flawed look at the American Civil War Read the book instead I like historical fiction and picked up this book for that reason However it seems less like fiction and like military history This book seemed to me to be endless descriptions of what everyeneral on both sides was doing during the Civil War and not the whole Civil War but just until 1863 This is the first book by either of the Shaaras that I have read and I won t read another Obviously I didn t know what I was The Pleasure-Dome getting into because I know he is very well regarded by many people I love how Jeff Shaara writes It takes someetting used to yes but once you 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes get used to itBrilliant Outstanding I especially love how he focuses on the army barely touches the political side of the war and when the political side is touched it s mostly negativeI d never thought to deeply about the Civil war until this school year Now with this book coming to top off my school year I must say history is a whole lot complicated then I thoughtThe story begins in 1858 57 not sure which with some background information on the men the story focused on Robert E Lee Winfeild Scott Hancock Thomas J Stonewall Jackson and Joshua Lauwrence Chamberlain These four men and their experiences in the Civil War form the main story I knew most of the battle s outcomes due to reading Stonewall Jackson a portrait of a soldier right before reading Gods and Generals But all the same the masterful way Shaara wove the storyIt was amazing Actually though the thing that fascinated me the most was the Generals of the North A parade of menoing through President Lincoln really didn t have much luck at all choosing a commander I lost track of how many enerals had been in command and had to look it up I think by the Battle of Chancellorsville there d be. Shaara captures the disillusionment of both Lee and Hancock early in their careers Lee's conflict with loyalty Jackson's overwhelming Christian ethic and Chamberlain's total lack of experience while illustratin.

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Jeff Shaara a descendant of Italian immigrants was born in New Brunswick New Jersey Shaara was originally spelled Sciarra He grew up in Tallahassee Florida and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Criminology From age 16 Jeff operated a rare coin business first out of his home then in a retail store After moving to Tampa Jeff became one of the most widely know