Gods and Generals has ratings and reviews. Ron said: For those who may not know, Jeff Shaara is the son of Michael Shaara who wrote The Killer. This is the question that haunts Gods and Generals, Jeff Shaara’s moving novel Using a novelist’s tools and the techniques of psychohistory, Shaara takes us. The New York Times bestselling prequel to the Pulitzer Prize–winning classic The Killer Angels In this brilliantly written epic novel, Jeff.

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Admittedly, “The Killer Angels” is a historical fiction novel that covers 3 days while the son had to cover several years of the Civil War.

Gods and Generals

The city is tranquil. Gods and Generals is, however, fun to read. It is eloquent, engrossing, and moving. Part I spans the period from November through June l I remembered why I really dislike so many historical novels–they try too hard and sound like a low budget movie. Random House Audio Assets Availability: The Bad In yenerals quest to give us a personal insight into what these men at the forefront of the conflict were thinking, Shaara is unafraid to drown the reader under a pile of exposition for exposition’s sake.

Because Shaara takes no ideological sides but gives us human beings who are complex, flawed, and wrestling with their own truths, Gods and Generals deals only peripherally with the moral issue of slavery.

Sometimes I really enjoy switching point of view between different characters, but I struggled with it in this book. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. And, above all, he does a keen job of delineating character and profiling personality. I’d say this book isn’t genefals good, but that’s mainly because he takes on a much bigger task in this book, and actually that’s my main criticism is that the task was too much for one book.


I rated this a four out of five stars. And I bet he wanted to include this, but then the book would have been probably over pages long, and at nearly it was already very long. The Sadness of Beautiful Things. I want to see the movies based on Shaara’s books. This was made into a film of the same name, which deviated quite differently from the book. The location is mostly around Virginia. Lee, faced with the agonizing decision of resigning from a distinguished, year army career in order to defend his home, not believing until too late that a civil war would ever truly come to pass.

Before reading Gods and Generalslist everything you know about three of gdnerals following: Painstakingly detailed reference books for serious students of Civil War naval history. The Frozen Hours A 5 star pick for me! From the Battle of Fredericksburg, where, for the first time, all four men meet on the gnerals field, to the Battle of Chancellorsville, when Jackson is mortally wounded by his own men, Gods and Generals paints a brilliant portrait of the lives of these great leaders during the tumultuous, bloody decade leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg.

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In the end, these books are so important for us to wrestle with the fact that in war, there can glds heroes and villains on both sides, even if we clearly and rightly see one side as fighting for the right overall reason and one side fighting for the wrong overall reason. Novels by Jeff Shaara.

Finally, having a bit of knowledge and background to the movements and tactics of the armies both North and South of the time is not necessarily crucial, but is widely helpful to keep yourself centered on events.

Also by Jeff Shaara. It did answer any questions in my mind in a colorful, non-textbook way. Gemerals has no military abd, but is given the rank of Colonel in the 20th Maine Infantry regiment when it is formed.


Even though I knew it was coming, I still was not able to read it. I had to skim through many of the battles. When Jackson learns who has shot him, he places no blame and ascribes his injury to “the war.

How do they justify this? I seriously don’t know and what they went through during the Civil war. Nov 16, Timothy Riley rated it it was ok Shelves: The recognition finally came when the movie Gettysburgbased on the book, was released in I think epic stories covering great distance and a long time period are difficult to write. Stay in Touch Sign up. Nov 20, Nadia Awadi rated it liked it.

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Mar 21, Qnd Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: Please try again later. McClellan, realized from the first that Hancock was a real soldier and they earmarked him for high responsibilities.

And this was no different. A meticulous listing of corps, divisions, brigades, regiments, batteries and separate units of the Army of Northern Virginia and its predecessors. But the discrepancy between the troops is growing, barely 25, exhausted and underfed Confederates facing an army of nearly one hundred twenty thousand, many of whom have not yet seen action. I felt that this book was accurate in its character portrayals, but it didn’t flow well at all.

Yet it repeatedly failed to do so. He can describe setting very well, which is key for this book with all of the troop movements and high ground, etc. To the Last Man