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A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg - Jeff Shaara
A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg
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Continuing the trilogy that began with A Blaze of Glory, New York Times bestselling author Jeff Shaara returns to chronicle another decisive chapter in America’s long and bloody Civil War. In A Chain of Thunder, the action shifts to the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. There, in the... show more
Continuing the trilogy that began with A Blaze of Glory, New York Times bestselling author Jeff Shaara returns to chronicle another decisive chapter in America’s long and bloody Civil War. In A Chain of Thunder, the action shifts to the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. There, in the vaunted “Gibraltar of the Confederacy,” a siege for the ages will cement the reputation of one Union general—and all but seal the fate of the rebel cause.   In May 1863, after months of hard and bitter combat, Union troops under the command of Major General Ulysses S. Grant at long last successfully cross the Mississippi River. They force the remnants of Confederate Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton’s army to retreat to Vicksburg, burning the bridges over the Big Black River in its path. But after sustaining heavy casualties in two failed assaults against the rebels, Union soldiers are losing confidence and morale is low. Grant reluctantly decides to lay siege to the city, trapping soldiers and civilians alike inside an iron ring of Federal entrenchments. Ten days later, the starving and destitute Southerners finally surrender, yielding command of the Mississippi River to the Union forces on July 4—Independence Day—and marking a crucial turning point in the Civil War.   Drawing on comprehensive research and his own intimate knowledge of the Vicksburg Campaign, Jeff Shaara once again weaves brilliant fiction out of the ragged cloth of historical fact. From the command tents where generals plot strategy to the ruined mansions where beleaguered citizens huddle for safety, this is a panoramic portrait of men and women whose lives are forever altered by the siege. On one side stand the emerging legend Grant, his irascible second William T. Sherman, and the youthful “grunt” Private Fritz Bauer; on the other, the Confederate commanders Pemberton and Joseph Johnston, as well as nineteen-year-old Lucy Spence, a civilian doing her best to survive in the besieged city. By giving voice to their experiences at Vicksburg, A Chain of Thunder vividly evokes a battle whose outcome still reverberates more than 150 years after the cannons fell silent.   PRAISE FOR JEFF SHAARA’S ACCLAIMED CIVIL WAR NOVELS   Gods and Generals   “Powerful . . . Though the story of the Civil War has been told many times, this is the rare version that conveys what it must have felt like.”—Chicago Sun-Times   “Compelling . . . a work of vivid drama and skill.”—The Dallas Morning News   The Last Full Measure   “The Last Full Measure is more than another historical novel. It is rooted in history, but its strength is the element of humanity flowing through its characters. . . . The book is compelling, easy to read, well researched and written, and thought-provoking. . . . In short, it is everything that a reader could ask for.”—Chicago Tribune   “Masterful . . . These characters come alive as complex, heroic, and flawed men.”—The Baltimore Sun   A Blaze of Glory   “Brilliant . . . riveting . . . a work to be embraced.”—Bookreporter   “Dynamic portrayals [of] Johnston, Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman.”—The Wall Street Journal
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345527387 (0345527380)
ASIN: 345527380
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 562
Edition language: English
Series: Civil War: 1861-1865, Western Theater (#2)
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5.0 A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg
I'm a history buff, and I hate the civil war, except when I read Jeff Shaara's books. All the back story, participant interactions, triumphs and pitfalls, and no complex mind numbing battle sequences. Thank you for bringing these people's story to light.
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