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Gods and Generals


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. For those who may not know Jeff Shaara is the son of Michael Shaara who wrote The Killer Angels Without that great 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 good book The recognition finally came when the movie Gettysburg based on the book was released in 1993 Shaara didn’t get 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 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 very good 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 good about these books is the getting 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 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 liked going 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

REVIEW Gods and Generals

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. I'm going to uote the words of Jason Mraz and say I won't give up on us God knows I'm tough enough We've 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 totally giving up on us Rating 275 stars This book is the story of 4 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 starsThe goodThe writing was pretty greatI 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


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 w. 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 generally shy away from “war” books I do enjoy historical fiction and in my opinion this was historical fiction at its best

  • Paperback
  • 498
  • Gods and Generals
  • Jeff Shaara
  • English
  • 10 March 2019
  • 9781841580654

About the Author: Jeff Shaara

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