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Gods and Generals: A Novel of the Civil War

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    One of the best novel written on the Civil War

    Jeff Shaara simply wrote a masterpiece when he wrote "Gods and Generals". While the writing isn't as good as his father?s "The Killer Angels", J. Shaara gave us all of the background information you could want on the major players. Lee, Jackson, Chamberlain, and Hancock all become alive for the reader. Characters like Winfield Scott, Albert Sidney Johnson, and J.E.B. Stuart all have interesting parts in the story, and are characterized very well. Everything from Lee's participation in crushing John Brown's Raid, to Chancellorsville is covered in this novel, and it is a must have for any student of the Civil War or anybody interested in a good read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    Recommended by this Civil War buff

    Gods and Generals is a book that follows four leaders of the Civil War, looking at their lives and careers in the years leading to and the first 2 years (approximately) of the war. While the characters in the story are pulled from history (General Robert E. Lee, General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, General Winfield Scott Hancock, and Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Chamberlain), it is fiction in that the author delves more into the characters than history records. If you're looking for an accurate history book with very detailed information about battles, then this isn't the book for you. While Shaara does give ample information about troop movements and battles, he spends more time exploring the characters, their motivations for fighting, their family lives, and their relationships with the other soldiers.

    I'm a history buff and particularly enjoy learning about the Civil War. So, I really enjoyed this book. As I read I had a strong urge to watch the movie Gettysburg, which was based on his father, Michael Shaara's book The Killer Angels, to get the rest of the story. Oh and Gods and Generals was also made into a film. And as I researched a little more, I learned that there is one more book in this Civil War trilogy, The Last Full Measure, which covers what happens after Gettysburg.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Shaara is the Gold Standard for Historical Fiction

    For some reason, the vast percentage of Civil War literature is in the form of overly-abundant and increasingly repetitious history books. Good novels of the Civil War (and the Revolutionary War) are few, far between and most likely written by someone named Shaara. While Shaara is not quite as lively as Bernard Cornwell's enjoyable, yet formulamatic rehash of his Sharpe novels, The Starbuck Chronicles, "G&G" certainly has a great deal more depth. The book is also much less laborous and burdenome than the incredibly over-baked movie version.
    If you are at all interested in the subject matter Shaara is the best.
    I also reccomend The Flying Dutchmen by Andrew B. Suhrer. The novel is a real page-turner and can't be beat for entertaining reading whether you are interested in the Civil War or not.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Very familiar

    Jeff and his late father do a great job making one very familiar with these individuals whom prior to reading the father and son novels are no more than distant footnotes of history. The stories flow also. I am enjoying Gods and Generals, just a bit less than The Killer Angels. Looking forward to the final of the trilogy, which I am sure will make my flight from JFK to San Francisco fly by (no pun intended).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2010

    Gods and Generals

    Jeff Shaara's Gods and Generals was a good book overall. Shaara's detail was very impressive. His style of portraying the war through the eyes of the Generals fighting in it was a unique way to look at the war. Also, the unbiased portrayal of both sides was very enjoyable. Overall, Gods and Generals was a very well written and entertaining account of the first part of the U.S. Civil War.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    GODS AND GENERALS

    I enjoyed reading this prequel to Killer Angels. Jeff Shara has provided the background that was missing in Killer Angels and has brought the people to life. I also watched the movie, which I felt didn't in any way come close to giving the book the treatment it deserved. It was too one-sided, where Mr. Shara's book was very well rounded.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    Great book I really liked hancock, good general

    the book is good toward the end because there are more battles, in the bigging it just tells how the civil war began, also I think there should be more of general longstreet because I really liked him in Killer Angels, and for people that haven't read Killer Angels or Gods and Generals this would be a good book to start off with

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003

    god's and generals lasts as long as the war itself.

    it was the perfect novel to see in these times of war for americans. It showed the killing and blundering that happens when men take on war. It had the realness of life in the 1860's. The costumes, settings - scenery - was explicit. We even saw the movie with some of the renactors who were in the movie version.

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