The Killer Angels

The Killer Angels

A Novel

Book - 1996
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Portraits of Lee, Longstreet, and other Civil War leaders are interwoven with historical detail to provide a fictional recreation of the bloody battle at Gettysburg. A superb re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg, but its real importance is its insight into what the war was about, and what it meant. In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fought for two dreams.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1996
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade ed
ISBN: 9780345407276
034540727X
Branch Call Number: Fiction Sha
Characteristics: xix, 374 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm

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IndyPL_SteveB Jul 02, 2019

This is one of the all-time classic books about the American Civil War and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. I couldn’t put it down. *The Killer Angels* is a novel told from the point of view of many of the officers who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, June 30-July 3, 1863. It was far from the last battle of the war, but it was the pivotal one. After this, the Confederate Army was fighting for survival instead of for victory.

Well beyond increasing my understanding of the mechanics of the battle itself, the book is deeply moving and ultimately sad. The leaders of both sides were friends and comrades of each other. Many were West Point graduates and had fought together in the Mexican War and other conflicts. They are in this war not so much because they believe in a cause but because of their honor, their love of their state (especially true for the Virginians), and because they believe this is their responsibility. Most are in agony at the deaths of their troops and friends and comrades, on both sides. By this point in the war, there is little glory left, and what there is vanishes in the disaster of Pickett’s Charge on the final day. We are left with the understanding that pride and honor cause men to make foolish decisions, none more so than in this war.

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art072759
May 04, 2019

Just got through Ch 1...don't like the paperback size. Want hard back

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patrick2murphy
Feb 19, 2019

When I choose a book it is 1st for pleasure but I feel that I have struck gold when I find the book not only engrossing but that I gain a lot of knowledge from it. I certainly received both with this book. I became so engrossed with this story that I did not want to put it down. I must admit I hate to read war stories, all the blood & horror. But Michael Sahaara tells the story in such a recreation of the inside story of the hope & dreams of the men who met that morning at Gettysburg. I gained so much knowledge from this story, would have had much better grades in history if it could have been taught by this author. I knew only the bare facts of this battle, but this story peels the layers away & lets us view the real drama that was played out that day.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 20, 2018

I'm not much of a military history junky, but Michael Shaara's 1974 novel about Gettysburg is considered a classic. His somewhat novel approach is to avoid too many combat scenes and tell the story from multiple points of view, including iconic figures like Lee, Longstreet, Meade, and Pickett. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the basis for the film "Gettysburg." Shaara's son continued to the family tradition with his Civil War novel, "Gods and Generals," which was also filmed.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 14, 2018

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

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peacebenow
Jul 10, 2018

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.

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humming
Feb 22, 2018

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!

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avocadotree
Jan 18, 2018

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.

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bigfeet
Apr 27, 2017

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.

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erfar
Jan 26, 2016

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.

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Sep 21, 2012

“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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