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18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

Great book - Must read!

The Killer Angels written by Michael Shaara, is a very interesting book that describes the Civil War in vivid detail, specifically the Battle of Gettysburg. If you are an individual who is enthusiastic about learning about our nation's history and past, then it will be ...
The Killer Angels written by Michael Shaara, is a very interesting book that describes the Civil War in vivid detail, specifically the Battle of Gettysburg. If you are an individual who is enthusiastic about learning about our nation's history and past, then it will be a great choice to purchase this book. In addition, this book is, for the most part, historically accurate, and will create an image in your mind of the landscape and the various skirmishes it details. Ever since I visited Gettysburg myself, I have had a passion for understanding and learning more about the battle itself, and I feel that this book has enhanced my knowledge of it and given me a new perspective on the events leading up to, and after, the battle.
I really enjoyed the way in which Shaara used the point of view of multiple characters throughout the story, on both sides of the war, to truly involve the reader in the feeling and emotions of both the Union and the Confederacy, and allow the reader to view their perspectives in terms of the reasoning behind their judgments and reasons for being involved in such a war. When detailing a major historical event such as the Battle of Gettysburg, numbers and statistics are not always the best way to involve a reader, which is why Shaara presented the story from the perspective of a single soldier or general on either side of the war, to allow the reader to experience what the individual had felt and thought. When a reader becomes emotionally involved in a book, they are more apt to have a greater understanding of the material within, and have a much better overall experience in reading the story. I enjoyed the book because I became somewhat emotionally involved, and I greatly enjoyed the presentation of the Battle of Gettysburg through several different perspectives and points of view.
In the case of any historically significant book that has conflicting points of interest, there is bound to be some sort of bias or historical inaccuracy, and the latter of which is present in this book. One major historical inaccuracy in the book is that Shaara detailed that the 20th Maine brigade of the Union army was present to defend General Pickett's charge. According to several historians, the 20th Maine brigade was defending the Union's left flank, and could not have defended against Pickett's charge, which brings forth the presence of a historical discrepancy. I believe that Shaara portrayed the 20th Maine defending against Pickett's charge to add appeal and zest to the story. The presence of a historical discrepancy did not detract from the overall detail and meaning of the book, however it did slightly detract from the point in the plot detailing Pickett's charge.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who has a desire to learn about the Civil War, The Battle of Gettysburg, or any of the significant military leaders. The way in which Shaara presented the information about the logistics of the Battle of Gettysburg through various viewpoints and perspectives greatly interested me, and allowed me to become very involved with the book, which is why I finished it in two days.
I would recommend this book to an audience of individuals who are mature enough to handle the violence and loss of life that the story entails, and are conscious enough to keep up with the multiple story lines.

posted by SWA7X on April 26, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

We tried reading this for a group that was making high A's in my history class and all I can say is, "AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH THIS MAKES MY HEAD WANT TO EXPLODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I guess if I was older I would underatand it more. I am just giving my personal opinion. ...
We tried reading this for a group that was making high A's in my history class and all I can say is, "AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH THIS MAKES MY HEAD WANT TO EXPLODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I guess if I was older I would underatand it more. I am just giving my personal opinion. As an American I have the freedom of speech to say what I feel (so long as it is not demeaning or bad...). Don't get me wrong at first it was okay, then, well AHHHHHHHHHHHH again.

posted by 10435811 on April 3, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2006

    Very hard to Enjoy

    This book showed how knowledgeable the author was and the timeline well, however the sentences were so choppy it was frustrating to read. Personally I like when a book flows, which this one did not. There were some good parts to it, but I couldn't lose myself in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    A Boring Book

    I had to read this bok for a history class, and it sounded interesting, being about the battle of Gettysburg. But, unfortunatly, it wasn't. It was very boring and I ended up reading the sparknotes for it. I wouldn't recomend this to anyone who wanted to read a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2005

    If You Really Try

    If you really try, this book might be good. I know that probabley is a wonderful book, but to me it was a huge let down. I read through the first day because that was the reading I was assigned in school, but I didn't read any futher. It this book would have been good, I would have kept reading. I love historical fiction, but this book let me down. While it had some good moments, it was slightly dull and I would only reccommend it to those who are REALLY interested in Gettys burg, and who have the time and patience to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    nothing but dialouge

    The Killer Angels is about the Civil War going through the battle of Gettysburg. This book skips from character narrator from the Confederate side to the Union side. I thought all 345 pages of this book were dull and senseless. The main characters of the book are Robert E. Lee (rebel), James Longstreet (rebels), and Joshua Chamberlain (union). This book is mostly about the perspective of the confederate side. The confederate and Union try to explain why they¿re in war, but never say why they¿re in war. Throughout the whole book it was endless and endless dialogue and seems to never to stop. This book had at most 20 pages of interesting reading and most of those pages were the maps they showed. The one thing that Killer Angels should have done more was going deeper into the battle scenes and cut down the dialogue. This book was so boring it made War and Peace like a short read. I guess this book would be good read for people into the Civil War and want to know what were the Commanders Officers thinking in their mind. So I would suggest Michael Shaara to use less dialogue and be more descriptive about the war and give more about what happened in the field of action I was told this book would be magnificent. This book was agony to read and a big disappointment. I can¿t see why this book ever won the Pulitzer Prize because I didn¿t see this book being special.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    Killer angels

    The Killer Angels When I read the Killer Angels by Michael Shaara I was expecting to be surprised with a moment of intensity, but what I got was about 290 pages of nothing but character dialog. In all fair ness there was a lot of fighting but not enough for my liking so even though I wasn¿t all that pleased with the book I still enjoyed it. In the book it thoroughly details the actions of the generals of both the Confederate and Union Army¿s so you can be sure all of your questions about both sides will be answered. Most of the book is about the Battle of Gettysburg, but in the beginning of the book it builds up to the battle and once it begins it separates each day of the battle. So if you were interested in the civil war you would enjoy this title as well as these from the Shaara family, Gods and Generals, and the last Full Measure. When I finished this book I was relived it was over but one of my chums really liked it but sometimes I suspect his mentality. So if you¿re a typical lazy male you should just rent the movie ¿Gettysburg¿ I guarantee it will take you less time watch than read the book, enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2001

    Only If You Love The Civil War

    I had to read this book for school. I looked at it and said, I hate it. I began to read it and did enjoy the quality of the book. The quantity of pages does hurt the book immensly. The book is set up in four parts and each chapter of the parts is a perspective of a general. The book lets you not only root for the winner, but understand the South. I didn't like the book because I hate the Civil War, but if you love the Civil War and Gettysburg, then this is the book for you!

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