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Grant Comes East
     

Grant Comes East

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by Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
 

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FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHORS OF GETTYSBURG

A NOVEL ABOUT THE CHOICES THAT SHAPED A WAR—

AND CHANGED HISTORY ITSELF...

GRANT COMES EAST

In their runaway bestseller Gettysburg, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen answered the Civil War's ultimate

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FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHORS OF GETTYSBURG

A NOVEL ABOUT THE CHOICES THAT SHAPED A WAR—

AND CHANGED HISTORY ITSELF...

GRANT COMES EAST

In their runaway bestseller Gettysburg, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen answered the Civil War's ultimate hypothetical question: What if Lee's army had won the victory within its grasp at Gettysburg in 1863? Now, through the same extraordinary research and brilliant character studies, we take the next step of a provocative journey: The Army of Northern Virginia is poised to invade Washington, D.C.. A besieged Lincoln calls on a general with a drinking problem to save the Union. And in the East, Ulysses Grant faces a storm of calamity and rivalry—and a war on the verge of being lost...

In this extraordinary book, the battlefront and home fronts come alive through the eyes of ordinary soldiers and such little known characters as General Herman Haupt, commander of the U.S. railroads, and the politician turned soldier General Dan Sickles—a political arch-enemy of Grant's. As the best of plans are undone, and every strategy countered by another, GRANT COMES EAST builds to a stunning portrait of the war that was—and the war that might have been...

"Colorful and imaginative historical fiction."

Washington Times

"Passages of genuine depth and poetry."—The Charlotte Observer

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Former congressman Gingrich and historical fiction writer Forstchen once again collaborate to produce an exciting alternative history of the Civil War (after 2003's bestselling Gettysburg). This second volume finds Lee and his victorious army in Maryland, poised to assault Washington, D.C.. The Confederates hope to capture the capital and President Lincoln, bring a sympathetic Maryland into the Confederacy, gain European recognition and force the Union into peace negotiations. The Union is in a desperate situation. The capital is cut off, Northern cities are burning in the bloody draft riots and the nearest intact Union army is General Grant's western force, rushing to the east from Vicksburg. In the midst of the military chaos, sniping and bickering by generals and politicians on both sides hamper Grant and Lee. Most of Lee's tactical and strategic plans succeed, but he miscalculates Lincoln's resolve and Grant's single-mindedness. And then Grant does something so unexpected that suddenly Lee is the one on the run. Building on their strong first volume, Gingrich and Forstchen craft an original, dramatic and historically plausible "what if?" story. Character depictions-of Lincoln, Grant and Lee; of the soldiers who fight and die; and of the civilians who plot and panic-are vivid, detailed and insightful. This is one of the best novels of the Civil War to appear in recent years. Agent, Jillian Manus. (June) Forecast: Some general readers may find the book dense, but fans of Civil War fiction will relish the alternative perspective, and even demanding nonfiction buffs will be won over by the novel's stirring battle scenes and convincing historical details. Ten-city author tour. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The Gingrich and Forstchen (military historian) "what-if" take on the Civil War gathers some steam. After Lee's glittering Gettysburg triumph (ending volume one of what bids fair to be at least a trilogy) the tactical question becomes-what next? Strike at the now vulnerable enemy capital? The decimated Army of the Potomac appears unable to protect Washington, and if Lee can occupy the city-as President Jefferson Davis is certain he can-perhaps the nightmarish struggle will be at last resolved. Failing that longed-for consummation, France and/or England might be willing to regard the Confederacy as legitimate and worthy of an alliance. But Lee's vaunted Army of Northern Virginia isn't what it once was. Victories have been costly. Manpower shortages are everywhere and critical. And, in the west, there's this new player, a worrisome Union general named Ulysses S. Grant, fresh from his own monster victory at Vicksburg. Urged on by the overconfident Davis, Lee attempts to storm Washington, where he meets much stiffer resistance than predicted-mounted, among others, by the elegant and aristocratic Colonel Robert Shaw (Matthew Broderick in Glory) and his legendary fifty-fourth of Massachusetts. ("Lincoln saw the columns of veterans beginning to shake out into the battle line, the men professional-looking, moving sharply. . . and they were colored.") The bloody chess game continues. Bold gambits are countered by desperate defenses as the armies maneuver for position, and always, always, with horrific slaughter of young men. Lincoln throws his full support behind Grant. Unaccountably, Jeff Davis's support for Lee begins to waver. As this second installment ends, Grant seems headed for Richmond. Isthat where Gingrich-Forstchen's champion heavyweights will finally slug it out?Those iconic figures manage more human-speak than they did in Gettysburg (2003), and the battle scenes continue war-lovingly rendered. Civil War buffs will be entertained. Author tour. Agent: Jillian Manus/Manus and Associates
From the Publisher
"With each book in their ongoing alternate history cycle, Gingrich and Forstchen have gone from strength to strength as storytellers. Unabashedly, this is a work of popular historical fiction; it aspires to entertain, first and foremost, but it has passages of genuine depth and poetry that elevate it above many other specimens of its peculiar subgenre."—Charlotte Observer

"An exciting alternative history of the Civil War. Character depictions are vivid, detailed and insightful."—Publishers Weekly

"Gingrich and Forstchen have produced a very readable entry into the literature of speculative history. It will be interesting, perhaps even thrilling, to see how the military strategy and political maneuvering plays out in the next installment."—Civil War Book Review

"An exciting alternative history of the Civil War. Character depictions are vivid, detailed, and insightful. One of the best novels of the Civil War to appear in recent years."—Publishers Weekly (starred reviews)

"A good yarn. The authors provide apt historically plausible detail to give substance to the premise. Colorful and imaginative historical fiction."—Washington Times

"What the authors come up with is as rivetingly plausible as what they devised in the previous novel. Notably original."—Booklist

"The Gingrich and Forstchen 'what-if' take on the Civil War gathers some steam. The battle scenes continue war-lovingly rendered."—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312309374
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.36(d)

Meet the Author

NEWT GINGRICH, former Speaker of the House, is the author of several bestselling books, including Gettysburg and Grant Comes East. He is a member of the Defense Policy Board and co-chair of the UN Task Force, is the longest-serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting course for Major Generals, served in Congress for twenty years, and was Time magazine's 1995 "Man of the Year." He is also the founder of the Center for Health Transformation. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista. He has two daughters and two grandchildren.

WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN, Ph.D., is a professor of history at Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. He received his doctorate from Purdue University and specialized in the American Civil War. He is the author of more than forty books, including the award-winning We Look Like Men of War, a young-adult novel about an African-American regiment that fought at the Battle of the Crater; which is based upon his doctoral dissertation. William has been a lifelong reenactor of the Civil War. He resides near Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife, Sharon, and daughter, Meghan.

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Grant Comes East 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
DeanReding More than 1 year ago
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.
mleesdad More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be boring in the extreme. The language was pompous and the idea ludicrous. I have never found alternative history novels to be of any interest at all. Mr. Gingrich has mistakenly believed himself to be a Michael or Jeff Shaara, and falls far short.
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See my 3/9/09 anonymous review of "Never Call Retreat"
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I read 'Gettysburg' by these 2 authors and thought it was terrible. Completely unbelievable in parts, and seemingly 'borrowing' a lot of stuff from 'Killer Angels.' This book was much better then the 1st. A more believable storyline (Though I wish Sykes would have been picked over Sickles). I look forward to the 3rd book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Again, Mr. Gingrich has fallen short, in my opinion, of producing a remotely believable alternative history. I could not get past the third chapter. I think he needs to try another venue for his writing.