The Killer Angels

The Killer Angels

A Classic Novel of the Civil War

Book - 2011
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“My favorite historical novel . . . 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.”—James M. McPherson
In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Bright futures, untested innocence, and pristine beauty were also the casualties of war. Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece is unique, sweeping, unforgettable—the dramatic story of the battleground for America’s destiny.

Baker & Taylor
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

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2011, 2002
ISBN: 9780345407276
Branch Call Number: FIC SHA
Characteristics: xxiv, 337 p. :,ill., maps ;,21 cm.


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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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jan 28, 2014

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

Jun 01, 2012

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.

May 02, 2011

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.

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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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