The Killer Angels

The Killer Angels

A Novel of the Civil War

Book - 2004 | Modern Library ed.
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In an effort to draw out the Union Army of the Potomac, the Confederate Army invades the North, and the armies clash in a bloody battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for four days.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2004, ©1974.
Edition: Modern Library ed.
ISBN: 9780679643241
Branch Call Number: FIC SHAARA
Characteristics: xx, 337 pages : maps ; 21 cm


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A fictionalized account of the Battle at Gettysburg. Suggested by Marina

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May 04, 2019

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

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.

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.

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.

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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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