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The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy) (original: 1974; edição: 1996)

de Michael Shaara (Autor)

Séries: Civil War trilogy (2)

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This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic is the finest historical dramatization of the Civil War. The book centers around the key battle of the war: the battle of Gettysburg. In July of 1863, the Confederate Army, led by General Robert E. Lee, invaded the North, in order to deal a fatal blow to the Union Army. Lee's right hand man was the loyal General Longstreet. Opposing them was General George Meade, an unknown quantity at best. In the four most bloody and courageous days of the Civil War, their armies fought, one side for freedom and the other side for tradition. As the bodies piled up on the gory field, so did the dreams and hopes of the dead. Their futures were the ultimate casualties of war.… (mais)
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Título:The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)
Autores:Michael Shaara (Autor)
Informação:Ballantine Books (1996), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
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I was drawn to this book for several reasons, including the fact that for many southerners, the loss of this war is still a fresh wound. Like so many other readers and fans of historical fiction, I Iove that I'm able to learn so much of our important history in such an entertaining way. However, my enjoyment is often tempered by the fact that the writer can never truly know his subject(s). Perhaps because there were so many historical characters in this book, or perhaps because I was so surprised by some of the characterizations in this book, it distracted me more than usual. Having said that, I was completely drawn in and was glad that I did not know the outcome for every character. The ending, in particular, was extremely moving. ( )
  GiGiGo | Feb 5, 2021 |
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
It deserved the Pulitzer.

10/2012 - reading this book again! I have read it a couple times before and I still really like it. A slow read, lots of details, and lots of characters can be hard but the emotion, the perspective and the realization of death and suffering during the war carry this book :) ( )
  mcsp | Jan 25, 2021 |
10 word review: the definitive reader for Gettysburg, should be required for HS ( )
  lmorganjr | Dec 21, 2020 |
I approached this novel with some hesitation, even reluctance. I had read quite a few novels that centered on war recently and thought I might have had my fill. I am also not a huge fan of historical fiction. I tend to like my history straight, afraid I might confuse the real thing with the fictional account. But I have experienced historical fiction that makes the real events come alive, and so enhances my ability to grasp the time, the place, the people and what truly transpired.

The Killer Angels did all of that for me. It may be the best historical fiction I have read. It faced several obstacles, given it was entirely focused on war and one battle in particular, the Battle of Gettysburg. But it overcame those obstacles by presenting events through the eyes of the men who had to fight and helping me to know these men. On the Confederate side, I was of course very familiar with Robert E. Lee, and had heard of George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart, but I was not knowledgeable at all of some of the other main characters: James Longstreet, in particular, or Lewis Armistead, Dick Ewell or Jubal Early. For the Union, I knew only George Meade and was completely unfamiliar with Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, John Buford, John Reynolds and Winfield Scott Hancock. These names became people. Nor did I fully comprehend how well the generals on either side knew one another, having gone to West Point together, having served for many years with one another before having to choose sides; they not only respected the other side but often maintained friendships regardless of the conflict.

Despite all this I could have been turned off by descriptions of the geography of the battlefield, the maneuvers of the armies, the force counts. Instead I was pulled in as the strategies of the two sides developed over the five days, and saw how critical current and accurate information was to decision-making. The Killer Angels opened my eyes to the human side of the players, their motivations, their doubts, their fears, and the role the Battle of Gettysburg played as the turning point in the war. ( )
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This is an account of how the book came to be written...
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"When men take up arms to set other men free, there is something sacred and holy in the warfare."

- Woodrow Wilson
"I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country."

- E. M. Forster
"With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home. I have therefore resigned my commission in the Army. . . ."

- from a letter of Robert E. Lee
Mr. Mason: How do you justify your acts?
John Brown: I think, my friend, you are guilty of a great wrong against God and humanity---I say it without wishing to be offensive---and it would be perfectly right for anyone to interfere with you so far as to free those you willfully and wickedly hold in bondage. I do not say this insultingly.
Mr. Mason: I understand that.

- from an interview with John Brown after his capture
Mine eyes have seen the glory . . .
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. . . in whom I am well pleased
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...Chamberlain remembered it still: "What a piece of work is man...in action how like an angel!" And the old man, grinning, had scratched his head an then said stiffly, "Well, boy, if he's an angel, he's sure a murderin' angel."
…[W]e have a country here where the past cannot keep a good man in chains, and that's the nature of the war.
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This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic is the finest historical dramatization of the Civil War. The book centers around the key battle of the war: the battle of Gettysburg. In July of 1863, the Confederate Army, led by General Robert E. Lee, invaded the North, in order to deal a fatal blow to the Union Army. Lee's right hand man was the loyal General Longstreet. Opposing them was General George Meade, an unknown quantity at best. In the four most bloody and courageous days of the Civil War, their armies fought, one side for freedom and the other side for tradition. As the bodies piled up on the gory field, so did the dreams and hopes of the dead. Their futures were the ultimate casualties of war.

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