Book Review: Gods and Generals

Jeff Shaara (1996)

A splendid recreation of the Civil War battles leading up to Gettysburg; a prequel of sorts to The Killer Angels, the Pulitzer prize-winning book written by the author’s father, Michael Shaara. (Angels chronicles the Battle of Gettysburg in dramatic narrative form and is another must-read book. After I’d read Generals, I revisited Angels and can definitely say it’s one of my all-time favorites.)

Written like a work of fiction, with gripping battle scenes and extremely moving passages highlighting the personal experience of battle, Jeff has inherited his father’s ability to bring history vividly to life. I’d say it’s a given that the third book in this Civil War trilogy will make an appearance on next year’s Best List.


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