The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War
“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... show more
“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.
Publish date: May 28th 1996
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 337
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, American History
, Military History
, Civil War
, American Civil War
Series: The Civil War: 1861-1865 -3 omnibus (#2)
This is the book General H. Norman Schwarzkopf described as "the best and most realistic historical novel about war that I have ever read." Me too Stormin' Normon. I don't know if I've ever been more impressed. Sole recipient of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Killer Angels is a histori...
A friend told me that the best Civil War novel ever written was Killer Angels. After reading it, I totally agree. The novel is expertly read by Stephen Hoye. It is well written and informative without ever being tedious. The Civil War practically danced across the pages with a ferocity that captivat...
I found this one to be very readable, very sympathetic without being partisan or saying one side is right or wrong. General Lee invades the north, hoping to bring the war to an end, and encounters the forces being led by General Longstreet. The two sides fight to the south of the town of Gettysburg,...
The impact of this one built with each chapter. I didn't get far in my first attempt at this book years ago. The style is Hemingwayesque. Spare prose, mostly simple sentence structure, repetitive phrasing, a rather staccato rhythm. I felt on first read that it was too dry, too much like a novelized ...
A very good book. It brings humanity and emotion to characters typically only read about in history books. Only a couple of historical inaccuracies or fictional characters as far as I could tell. Probably the best historical fiction novel I have read.