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Gettysburg de Stephen W. Sears
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Gettysburg (original: 2002; edição: 2004)

de Stephen W. Sears (Autor)

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The greatest of all Civil War campaigns, Gettysburg was the turning point of the turning point in our nation's history. Volumes have been written about this momentous three-day battle, but recent histories have tended to focus on the particulars rather than the big picture: on the generals or on single days of battle -- even on single charges -- or on the daily lives of the soldiers. In Gettysburg Sears tells the whole story in a single volume. From the first gleam in Lee's eye to the last Rebel hightailing it back across the Potomac, every moment of the battle is brought to life with the vivid narrative skill and impeccable scholarship that has made Stephen Sears's other histories so successful. Based on years of research, this is the first book in a generation that brings everything together, sorts it all out, makes informed judgments, and takes stands. Even the most knowledgeable of Civil War buffs will find fascinating new material and new interpretations, and Sears's famously accessible style will make the book just as appealing to the general reader. In short, this is the one book on Gettysburg that anyone interested in the Civil War should own.… (mais)
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Título:Gettysburg
Autores:Stephen W. Sears (Autor)
Informação:Mariner Books (2004), Edition: Reprint, 640 pages
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Well researched, this book explained how the battlefield was selected at Gettysburg and the strengths and limitation on both the Federal and Confederate sides. Helps you see how intelligence and Stuart's going around the enemy hindered Lee's ability to know where the enemy was or his strength. Impressive book ( )
  Jeff_Simms | Jun 9, 2021 |
Incredible book. The way Sears paints the picture, the battlefield comes to life. I've been to Gettysburg multiple times, and I could visualize the entire battle as I was reading. ( )
  tjw_1970 | Jan 25, 2021 |
The best single volume history of Gettysburg out there! ( )
  Dave068 | Apr 16, 2018 |
The best single volume history of Gettysburg out there! ( )
  Dave068 | Apr 16, 2018 |
This book was well worth my time even before the first shots were fired. This book starts months earlier, at a meeting between Lee and Davis deciding upon the movement North in the first place. Then you follow the Confederates as they head North, shielded from view by the Blue Ridge Mountains. What a revelation to learn that if the Confederates controlled the gaps in the Blue Ridge, then the Feds wouldn't know the Army was moving or where it was headed. Then the Army of the Potomac gingerly heads North, not knowing where the Confederates are, but trying to keep between them and Washington; while the Confederates eat their way through the storehouses of Pennsylvania farmers, with no idea whatsoever that the Federals have even crossed the Potomac. I'd often heard that the battle started because the Confederates were looking for a rumored stockpile of shoes. Now I finally get the significance of the search for shoes, because now I understand how hard it was for the Armies to actually find each other. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around how the actions of Heth and Reynolds committed the Armies to battle; I guess at some point, if enough men become involved, then the enterprise becomes too big to fail. This book, though, is exactly what I want in a historical narrative: enough detail so that you have time to think about the action, but not so much that the main points become obscured.

I'm listening to the book on CD and even without maps I think I have a pretty good picture of what is going on, although Seminary Ridge and Cemetery Ridge sound awfully alike. The brutality of war is horrifying. It's pretty exciting when a hole in the line gets plugged in the nick of time, until you think about how it was plugged with humans. Why did we think it was a good idea to resolve disagreements by blowing each other's bodies to pieces?

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Update, now that I've finished: Wow. I have visited Gettysburg at least three times and never understood it. Now I see why. It's not just one battle. It's not just three battles. For example, the most important action on Day 3, of course, is Pickett's charge; but there are also battles on the flanks and in the rear. After reading this book, I have a feeling for the complexity of the battlespace. I also have a feeling for the movement of armies across Maryland and Pennsylvania; the use and mis-use of cavalry; the limits of military intelligence; and the experience of soldiers on both the offense and defense, winning and losing.

This book tells the whole story, from when Lee first proposed the invasion to when he re-crossed the river back into Virginia. And this book breaks each day into its battles. And this book explains the action from the perspective of both the soldiers and the leaders, for both the Federals and the Confederates. And it's all perfectly clear, and also alive and personal.

The book shows the differences between the command styles of Meade and Lee; the roles of individual leaders during battle and in preparation for battle; and the disconnect between Lincoln's perception and facts on the ground. This book lowered my opinion of Lincoln a little bit; in his disappointment over Meade's "failure" to destroy the rebels, he seemed not to understand that this battle was fought by actual human beings, who were exhausted, and marching until their shoes literally fell apart, and whose best leaders had been killed or taken out of action. My opinion of Lee was already not very high, but this book led me to wonder whether he was just the big idea guy, who needed a Stonewall Jackson to "make it so".

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Final comment, re the audio edition: Ed Sala was great. When people are dying, he is somber; when people are idiots, he's disparaging. He really makes the story come alive. ( )
  read.to.live | Mar 23, 2015 |
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The greatest of all Civil War campaigns, Gettysburg was the turning point of the turning point in our nation's history. Volumes have been written about this momentous three-day battle, but recent histories have tended to focus on the particulars rather than the big picture: on the generals or on single days of battle -- even on single charges -- or on the daily lives of the soldiers. In Gettysburg Sears tells the whole story in a single volume. From the first gleam in Lee's eye to the last Rebel hightailing it back across the Potomac, every moment of the battle is brought to life with the vivid narrative skill and impeccable scholarship that has made Stephen Sears's other histories so successful. Based on years of research, this is the first book in a generation that brings everything together, sorts it all out, makes informed judgments, and takes stands. Even the most knowledgeable of Civil War buffs will find fascinating new material and new interpretations, and Sears's famously accessible style will make the book just as appealing to the general reader. In short, this is the one book on Gettysburg that anyone interested in the Civil War should own.

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