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"Grant Comes East, the second book in the series by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen, continues the story of a Confederate victory at Gettysburg. The first book examined the great "what if" of American history: Could Lee have won the Battle of Gettysburg? A Confederate victory, however, would not necessarily mean that the Southern cause has gained its final triumph and a lasting peace. It is from this departure point that the story continues in Grant Comes East, as General Robert E. Lee marches on Washington, D.C. and launches an assault
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Overview

"Grant Comes East, the second book in the series by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen, continues the story of a Confederate victory at Gettysburg. The first book examined the great "what if" of American history: Could Lee have won the Battle of Gettysburg? A Confederate victory, however, would not necessarily mean that the Southern cause has gained its final triumph and a lasting peace. It is from this departure point that the story continues in Grant Comes East, as General Robert E. Lee marches on Washington, D.C. and launches an assault against one of the largest fortifications in the world." "Across 140 years, nearly all historians have agreed that after the defeat of the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg, the taking of Washington D.C. would end the war. But was it possible?" "Lee knows that a frontal assault against such fortifications could devastate his army, but it is a price he fears must be paid for final victory. Beyond a military victory in the field, Lee must also overcome the defiant stand of President Abraham Lincoln, who vows that regardless of the defeat at Gettysburg, his solemn pledge to preserve the Union will be honored. Lincoln will mobilize the garrison of Washington to hold on no matter what the costs." "At the same time, Lincoln has appointed General Ulysses S. Grant as commander of all Union forces. Grant, fresh from his triumph at Vicksburg, races east, bringing with him his hardened veterans from Mississippi to confront Lee." What ensues across the next six weeks is a titanic struggle as the surviving Union forces inside the fortifications of Washington fight to hang on, while Grant prepares his counterblow. The defeated Army of the Potomac, staggered by the debacle dealt at Gettysburg, is not yet completely out of the fight, and is slowly reorganizing. Its rogue commander, General Dan Sickles, is thirsting for revenge against Lee, the restoration of the honor of his army, and the fulfillment of his own ambitions, which reach all
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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
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786269334
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/19/2004
  • Edition description: LARGEPRINT
  • Pages: 747
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Newt Gingrich

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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  • Posted October 24, 2010

    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 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.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

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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 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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2005

    Grant Comes East

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Ditto my review on 3/9/09 of "Never Call Retreat".

    See my 3/9/09 anonymous review of "Never Call Retreat"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2005

    Much Better then the 1st Book in the trilogy

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2005

    Grant Comes East

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2004

    A Must Read For All Fans of the Civil War or Alternative Reality

    If you enjoyed the imaginative and detailed alternative reality in Gettysburg, the first book in this series, you'll like Grant Comes East equally as well. It is obvious that the authors put a lot of time into exploring possible avenues of direction which would result from a Gettysburg where Lee was truer to the Lee of the early Confederate victories rather than the misplaced offensive that led to devastating defeat. The three main characters - Lee, Lincoln and Grant are vivid and human. The battle scenes were detailed and graphic, reminding us of how noble and awful war can be, often at the same time. The story moves right along. I didn't want to put the book down which I believe is the best thing you can say about it. The only drawback (as with all series) is the long wait until the publication of the next book. But if it is as good as Gettysburg or Grant Comes East, I know it will be worth the wait!

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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 August 3, 2004

    Read this book in two days!

    I have been waiting for this book to come out since I finished the first book. When it finally came out I read it in two days, it was so good I just could'nt put it down. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2004

    An Awe Inspiring Novel of Alternate History

    This is the second volume in the Gettysburg Trilogy and is, if anything, even more enjoyable than the first. Lee has won Gettysburg, but that is only the beginning as he now must face General Grant. There is one scene that brought tears to my eyes. Anyone who saw the film Glory will know of what I am talking about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2004

    Been waiting for this one

    After reading the first book I could not wait for this one to come out. The book was not a disappointment. It was just as good as the first book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2004

    Great Book

    Very good second book in this trilogy. Very interesting way to look at the civil war. Well written with great detail.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2004

    Grant Comes East but where was he in the story?

    While Mr. Gingrich and Mr.Forstchen wrote a decent story, Grant Comes East appeared to concentrate more on Lee and Sickles than with Grant. General Grant seemed to make a cameo apperance in a book that bore his name. Another problem that bothered me was that Lee had in his command a man who knew Grant very well and that was General James Longstreet. ( He was Grant's best man when Grant got married.) Yet Longstreet the one General on Lee's staff who knew Grant best said nothing to Lee about how Grant would act it was as if Longstreet and Grant never met. Basically Grant should have been seen more in the story than he was. In spite of these particular flaws, I found it decent reading while laid up from a broken leg.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2004

    The GREAT follow-up to Gettysburg

    About a year ago I ran accross Gettysburg and decided to give it a try. To say the least, I was riveted. This book is the follow-up in which Grant takes the reins of the Union Army and comes East in attempt to right the wrongs of the defeat of the Army of the Potomac at Union Mills. Gingrich and Forstchen weave an incredible tale of the war after the North's defeat at Union Mills and the subsequent struggle for both sides to bring the war to a swift conclusion.

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