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Grant Comes East: A Novel of the Civil War

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History told differently

This series (there are 3 books) tells of how history may of turned if Lee had acted on Longstreet's suggestions of going around the Union army during the Gettysburg campaign. This books starts with the actual history and then statrs the turn down the other possible trac...
This series (there are 3 books) tells of how history may of turned if Lee had acted on Longstreet's suggestions of going around the Union army during the Gettysburg campaign. This books starts with the actual history and then statrs the turn down the other possible track. If you are interested in a good story that could have shown a different road to the civil war then this is the series for you

posted by mleesdad on April 18, 2010

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Recommended - Great insight into the perils of war

Grant Comes East is more a story of Robert E. Lee's attempt to win the war in the East before Grant could arrive and prepare his army for the ultimate invasion that would seal the doom for the South.

Its vivid realism of war in the mid 1800's is sometimes difficult ...
Grant Comes East is more a story of Robert E. Lee's attempt to win the war in the East before Grant could arrive and prepare his army for the ultimate invasion that would seal the doom for the South.

Its vivid realism of war in the mid 1800's is sometimes difficult to read and gives one an appreciation of the men who fought in those times.

The book also explores the reasons behind the failure in battle. Not every commander had his nation's well being uppermost on his mind. Some fought for political power, some for personal grandeur, and some fought because they loved it. Some like Lee and Grant fought to end the cancer as soon as possible.

posted by DeanReding on October 24, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    Sloppy editing, but compelling story for Civil War fans

    The advantages of picking up a fictional story line with established characters is evident with this title, and the historical characters move about in this very entertaining novel in ways that chance would allow. Many typos and errors (use of 'exasperate' where 'exacerbate' fits) suggest a rush to print, but these are only a small distraction from a great story. If you haven't read either, buy both Gettysburg and Grant Comes East. As soon as you finish one, you will want to start the second immediately.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2004

    Newt Gingrich? You've got to be kidding!

    This Newt Gingrich book is not as ridiculous as it sounds (he said defensively). I never, ever would have even considered buying the book, but it happened like this:<br><br> I tuned into NPR, and caught the end of an interview with a man whose voice I did not recognize. I tuned in just in time to hear the interviewee advocating a nation-wide, Federal healthcare funding mechanism and that the US healthcare system should be ¿rebuilt from the ground up¿.<br><br> Then the interviewer turned to his latest book, which is actually a sequel of sorts to his first book, Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, which postulated Lee taking Longstreet¿s advice, moving to the right, gaining the good ground at Union Mills between Washington DC and the Army of the Potomac, and the Army of the Potomac slaughtering itself in frontal assaults against the Army of Northern Virginia.<br><br> The new book -- Grant Comes East -- deals with Lincoln¿s response to this development, by moving Grant ¿ and the Army of the Tennessee ¿ East. It is the story of the rest of the Campaign of the Summer of 1863.<br><br> At the end of the interview, I learned that the man being interviewed was Newt Gingrich, and I was absolutely beside myself with embarrassment. Nonetheless, the book did sound intriguing. I stopped by Barnes & Noble on the way home, and sure enough they had a copy (20% off plus an additional 5% for my membership). The dust jacket was compelling ¿ these guys (Newt and his co-author) weren¿t Southern apologists (a practice I find Harry Turtledove indulging in). So I took a chance.<br><br> And I loved it. It is very much in the style of Killer Angels (in fact, it¿s so similar I¿d call it a rip-off of that style; but Killer Angels itself mimicked the style of Unto This Hour so what can one say?). It was technically right-on. It did a fantastic job of portraying the various personalities (although the treatment of Lee borders on the hagiographic).<br><br> It was just really a great (fun) read.

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