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Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground

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  • Posted June 9, 2010

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    Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields

    "Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields", is a must for anyone interested in the American Civil War and it's history. Jeff Shaara has taken up the mantle of research and discovery to bring all the information about the Civil War to those historians and history buffs alike.
    This book is broken down into 10 battles. Each battle is thoroughly discussed and includes the why's and where's the battles were fought. As you read through the sections, you can begin to understand what was going on a the time of the battle as well as understand what each commander was thinking during each battle.
    Falling each section Shaara describes points of interest for you as you go to these battlefields. Not only are the touristy points noted, but he points to some areas which may not be mentioned by tour guides and catalogs.
    What I learned while reading this book, was that not all the well known battles were on importance, but that there were many so called insignificant battles which actually had influenced the outcome of the war.
    As a history buff myself, I found this book extremely informative and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about some of the battles of the American Civil War.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2006

    Excellent reading

    I recently purchased this book and have not been disappointed. Having read the trilogy written by Schaara and his father about the Civil War, I was interested to see what this 'guide' would be like. The narrative of each battle is well written and gives a quick overview of a number of very important battles in the war. It also gives good information about the current preservation of the battlefields, and points out things you should see if visiting any of them. This was the first time that I had read about Shiloh, and some of the others, and it is an excellent place to start. I recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    A devotee's guide and memoir to great Civil War battles

    Jeff Shaara (and his father before him) is clearly a devotee of history and the Civil War in particular - just read his historical fiction. This book is an homage to some of the most significant major battles of the war, and is very well done.

    Not that there's any thing new or revealing in the research or descriptions of the battles - most of it is well-known (at least to others who are interested in the Civil War) but very clearly presented and well written. What makes this book good and better than many, is the sections at the end of each battle. First, Shaara takes the time to tell the reader why it was an important battle, putting the localized action into context of the entire war. And second, he provides a very personal guide to seeing the battlefield - not only what the reader should see, but some of his personal memories of seeing them.

    There are other books like this, some that are more scholarly and some that are more detailed in their treatment of battle details. But this book strikes an excellent balance among the elements.

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