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Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

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21 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Dr. Guelzo's book finds new ground to break on the much-trodden

Dr. Guelzo's book finds new ground to break on the much-trodden subject of the Battle of Gettysburg. Deftly switching from the eyewitness perspective in the form of hundreds of personal quotations and recollections to the overall command view of the actual invasion, Dr....
Dr. Guelzo's book finds new ground to break on the much-trodden subject of the Battle of Gettysburg. Deftly switching from the eyewitness perspective in the form of hundreds of personal quotations and recollections to the overall command view of the actual invasion, Dr. Guelzo keeps each development in its proper context, raising new questions about both the true key points of the battle, and the intended objectives of the key leaders of both armies. Unafraid to tackle several myths and misconceptions, including the oft-repeated mis-characterization that the Civil War was 'The first modern war', Dr. Guelzo brings a new and fresh voice to the topic, doing so in a manner both eloquent and masterful. This is book will take its place in the ranks next to the works of Keegan and Holmes and represents a truly ground-breaking look at the face of American war in the 19th Century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Dr. Guelzo's book finds new ground to break on the much-trodden

    Dr. Guelzo's book finds new ground to break on the much-trodden subject of the Battle of Gettysburg. Deftly switching from the eyewitness perspective in the form of hundreds of personal quotations and recollections to the overall command view of the actual invasion, Dr. Guelzo keeps each development in its proper context, raising new questions about both the true key points of the battle, and the intended objectives of the key leaders of both armies. Unafraid to tackle several myths and misconceptions, including the oft-repeated mis-characterization that the Civil War was 'The first modern war', Dr. Guelzo brings a new and fresh voice to the topic, doing so in a manner both eloquent and masterful. This is book will take its place in the ranks next to the works of Keegan and Holmes and represents a truly ground-breaking look at the face of American war in the 19th Century.

    21 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Worth the wait. I have read most Gettysburg (well alot anyway)

    Worth the wait. I have read most Gettysburg (well alot anyway) books. they all tell the story from different views. Dr Guelzo continues with this effort. While the basic story line is well documented from previous Authors, Dr. Guelzo adds personal accounts that brings the battle alive. Thank you sir for 2 weeks of excellent reading.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    I am a naturalized citizen and cannot wait to get to Gettysburg

    I am a naturalized citizen and cannot wait to get to Gettysburg for the celebration. It is a dream come tru for me. I am also taking my grandchildren and hope this event will open their eyes to what a great country we live in.So many citizens have nothing but complaints about how things are done in the USA let them try living some where else for a week and only then will they appreciate how fortunate they are.

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

    Highly recommended.

    This must be considered the definitive book on the greatest battle that ever occurred in the Western Hemisphere. Prof. Guelzo follows the battle from the time Lee moves north out of Virginia through the dramatic retreat in the aftermath. Units are tracked through the battle as are the leaders, with a brief description of a soldiers strengths and weaknesses. The research that went into the writing of this book staggers the imagination. It is truly a masterpiece.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    One of the better Gettysburg books

    Straightforward in style and viewpoint, this book presents the three days of Gettysburg as well as I've read. There are minor quibbles, being from Minnesota, the Minnesota saved the day charge during day two followed by their placement in the center of the line for day three and thus meeting Pickett's charge full on is given short rift, but in battle this large any book has to pick and choose a bit.

    Still, the book doesn't sugar coat Lee's role nor explain Meade's in a way that most don't. That alone makes the book a worthwhile read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    An excellent book!

    Well written, and easy to read. The author takes you inside many of the better known events and characters, but also adds the lesser known details that really bring the whole story to the reader.

    Especially relevant with the recent anniversary of the battle.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    A history book that reads like fiction.

    The book not only gives you details but makes you feel as if you are there. It testifies to the politics behind the civil war and the mechanics of 19th century warfare and the way of iLife of people in early America. A must read for anyone not only afficiandos of the civil war or history buffs. Give it a try you will not regret it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2013

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    A well written narrative of the battle. Makes his points well p


    A well written narrative of the battle. Makes his points well particularly that Lee lost the battle and Meade did little to win it other than move the army to Gettysburg. Gulezo argues persuasively that the Confederate command structure completely broke down with two new corps commanders and the only experienced one sceptical of the success of Lee's aggresive battle plans. Author also makes a point which I had not considered before- the Confederate infantry was stymied by the Pennsylvania countryside with its heavily fenced landscape which slowed down the charges and wore out the attackers . Altogether a good read and a good way to reconnect with the battle at its 150th anniversary.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    By far the most personal, detailed view of the Soldiers and Offi

    By far the most personal, detailed view of the Soldiers and Officers who fought so valiantly at Gettsyburg. Highly recommend this to all veterans!

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    Highly recommend this book, Good flow throughout.

    I am glad I bought this book. It's a great read on a subject i have great interest in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    One of the Best on Gettysburg

    Informative, easy to read and contains some new insights on the many "whys?" of the 3 day battle. His writing style is perfect for this complex subject. I particaurlly like his side discussions on important factors throughout the book, such as the effect of the musket and minnie ball inaccuracy on battle strategy. Must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    true history

    true history

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