The Killer Angels
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The Killer Angels
Michael Shaara
Literature
Jul 31, 2018
In the fleet, fierce narrative of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Michael Shaara brilliantly shows “what it was like to be” at Gettysburg by recording the terrible butchery of the three days’ fighting, switching among leaders’ perspectives on both sides, including Confederates General Lee and his second in command, Lieutenant General Longstreet, and, for the Union, Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and Major General John Buford. Working from the combatants’ own letters and other primary documents, Shaara has fashioned characters who live upon the page in a way that conveys the human drama of the epic battle that left fifty thousand soldiers dead, wounded, or missing. The fears and hopes, memories and actions, of the protagonists in the face of Gettysburg’s unrelenting carnage makes The Killer Angels one of the most deeply moving war novels ever written.
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May 30, 2019
I loved this book because of the different perspectives of Gettysburg and how the different leadership styles during the battle played key roles in deciding the outcome.
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