The Killer Angels

The Killer Angels

A Novel

Book - 2011
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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. 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. Shattered futures, forgotten innocence, and crippled beauty were also the casualties of war. The Killer Angels is unique, sweeping, unforgettable--a dramatic re-creation of the battleground for America's destiny."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2011, c1974.
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade ed.
ISBN: 9780345407276
Call Number: SHAARA
Characteristics: xxiv, 337 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.
Subjects: War fiction.
Historical fiction.
Pennsylvania -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Fiction.
Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863 -- Fiction.


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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.

Apr 01, 2011

A really wonderful and insightful story of the Battle of Gettsyburg. Gives an excellent image of what it must have been like to fight in that terrible war. Very interesting and well written.

Nov 29, 2010

This is one of the best books about war that I have ever read. It is the story of the Battle of Gettysburgh during the Civil War. I loved this story because it was told from the perspective of the leaders on both sides of the battle. It is a very human story. The focus is on the strategy of the battle and the feelings and opinions of the men responsible for the decisions. I really learned a lot from reading this book. It was an amazing history lesson wrapped up in a moving and emotional story.

Jan 22, 2010

My favourite book; an extraordinary, powerful telling of the battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of some of the men who fought it.

BrendaT Jun 12, 2009

One of my all-time favorite books. The mini-series Gettysburg, was based on this book. This is an excellent book for men. If you like Civil War history, this book is excellent.


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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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