The Killer Angels written by Michael Shaara and published in 1974 shows an unbiased view of the Civil War, by giving perspective of several military leaders and observers. The novel takes place during the Battle of Gettysburg and is told through the perspective of Generals Robert Edward Lee and James Longstreet of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. As well as told by General John Buford and Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Chamberlain (who would later become the Governor of Maine and receive the Medal of Honour for his service at the Battle of Gettysburg) of the Union Army of the Potomac. Michael Shaara has included several maps of Gettysburg that detail the deployment of both Union and Confederate soldiers. In all The Killer Angels is a superb novel that I recommend to those who are interested in learning of the Civil War, therefore I rate The Killer Angels 5 out of 5.
- @BiggerPictureReviews of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
I enjoyed reading what seemed like a first hand account by selected high ranking individuals from No & So during the Battle of Gettysburg. The thoughts of the individuals and details of the war and battles were very helpful in understand how the war was actually waged. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series and watching the movie.
Author demonstrated an awesome ability to convey the thoughts, feelings, relationships, and motives of men in war. Typically I get bored with a lot of facts and details but in this story every word enriched the action. Even knowing the outcome of the Gettysburg battle from history records I was so caught up being "inside" the leaders of both sides that I cried at the end. Amazing "history" book!
If you're not a civil war buff the narrative can get a little confusing especially at the beginning. Once the battle begins the novel becomes very engaging. I have a rule that when books start quoting shakespeare or the bible( which were as popular one hundred fifty years ago as they are now) I toss then into the rubbish pile, but this is one of the exceptions. Much of this books perspective is from privileged commanders educated at west point academy? The actually fighting is referred to in numbers. The men laying down their lives on the front line are a number and not much else. Who has the most bodies to sacrifice will surely be victorious.
An incredible account of The Battle of Gettysburg. Written from the point of view of the commanding leaders on both sides. This is a must read for anyone interested in American history but is also just a super interesting and touching story for anyone.
A very compelling and lucid description of the Battle of Gettysburg, with illuminating insights into the major protagonists involved. Recommended for anyone who wants a quick but comprehensive understanding of this decisive battle.
Though this is a fictional account of the Battle of Gettysburg the historical detail and personal perspectives provided are realistic and compelling. For Civil War buffs and readers of general American history alike.
This was the best civil war story I have ever read!! War books are not my usual cup of tea but my Dad gave it to me said I would enjoy it. He was right! :)
The only trouble I had was keeping up on who was charging or attacking where. I didn't give it 5 stars because its not my usual book but it was still very, very good
I read this over Memorial Day weekend. A very moving account that captured the sense of being at Gettysburg during the battle: the risk taking, weariness, anger, sorrow, dutifulness, & bleak humor that go with men at war. This is a fast read that carries immense weight.
I really didn't expect to like this book, and was pleasantly surprised to find it very enjoyable, engaging, and informative without being dry or slow-moving.
“There's nothing so much like a god on earth as a General on a battlefield.”
― Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels
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