The Smoke at Dawn: A Novel of the Civil War [NOOK Book]

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Jeff Shaara returns to the Civil War terrain he knows so well, with the latest novel in the series that started with A Blaze of Glory and A Chain of Thunder. In The Smoke at Dawn, the last great push of the Army of the Cumberland sets the stage for a decisive confrontation at Chattanooga that could determine the outcome of the war.
 
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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

Jeff Shaara returns to the Civil War terrain he knows so well, with the latest novel in the series that started with A Blaze of Glory and A Chain of Thunder. In The Smoke at Dawn, the last great push of the Army of the Cumberland sets the stage for a decisive confrontation at Chattanooga that could determine the outcome of the war.
 
Summer, 1863. The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured complete control of the Mississippi River from the Confederacy, cementing the reputation of Ulysses S. Grant. Farther east, the Federal army under the command of William Rosecrans captures the crucial rail hub at Chattanooga. But Rosecrans is careless, and while pursuing the Confederates, the Federal forces are routed in north Georgia at Chickamauga Creek. Retreating in a panic back to Chattanooga, Rosecrans is pursued by the Confederate forces under General Braxton Bragg. Penned up, with their supply lines severed, the Federal army seems doomed to the same kind of defeat that plagued the Confederates at Vicksburg. But a disgusted Abraham Lincoln has seen enough of General Rosecrans. Ulysses Grant is elevated to command of the entire theater of the war, and immediately replaces Rosecrans with General George Thomas. Grant gathers an enormous force, including armies commanded by Joseph Hooker and Grant’s friend, William T. Sherman. Grant’s mission is clear: Break the Confederate siege and destroy Bragg’s army.  Meanwhile, Bragg wages war as much with his own subordinates as he does with the Federals, creating dissension and disharmony in the Southern ranks, erasing the Confederate army’s superiority at exactly the wrong time.
 
Blending evocative historical detail with searing depictions of battle, Jeff Shaara immerses readers in the world of commanders and common soldiers, civilians and statesmen. From the Union side come the voices of Generals Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and George Thomas—the vaunted “Rock of Chickamauga”—as well as the young private Fritz “Dutchie” Bauer. From the Rebel ranks come Generals Bragg, Patrick Cleburne, and James Longstreet, as well as the legendary cavalry commander, Nathan Bedford Forrest. A tale of history played out on a human scale in the grand Shaara tradition, The Smoke at Dawn vividly recreates the climactic months of the war in the West, when the fate of a divided nation truly hangs in the balance.
 
Praise for The Smoke at Dawn
 
The Smoke at Dawn is a beautifully written novel about a battle usually ignored. The historical details and the personal examinations fuse perfectly—with the raw power of the battle meshed hand-in-hand with the inner struggle of the men who determine the fates of others and of nations. Shaara once again elevates history from mere rote fact to explosive and engaging drama.”Bookreporter
 
“Shaara’s mastery of military tactics, his intimate grasp of history, and his ability to interweave several supporting narratives into a cohesive and digestible whole as he revisits a catastrophic period in U.S. history will appeal to a broad range of historical- and military-fiction fans.”Booklist
 
“Blending historical detail with vivid depictions of battle, Jeff Shaara immerses readers in the world of commanders and common soldiers, civilians and statesmen. . . . The Smoke at Dawn vividly recreates the climactic months of the war in the West, when the fate of a divided nation truly hangs in the balance.”Huntington News


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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Jeff Shaara’s new Civil War series
 
A Blaze of Glory
 
“Brilliant . . . riveting . . . a work to be embraced.”Bookreporter
 
“[An] exciting read . . . This novel is meticulously researched and brings a vivid reality to the historical events depicted.”Library Journal
 
“Dynamic portrayals [of] Johnston, Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
A Chain of Thunder
 
“[A] riveting fictional narrative.”Booklist
 
“Shaara continues to draw powerful novels from the bloody history of the Civil War. . . . [He] aptly reveals the main actors: Grant, stoic, driven, not given to micromanagement; Sherman, anxious, high-strung, engaged even when doubting Grant’s strategy. . . . Worth a Civil War buff’s attention.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Shaara’s historical accuracy is faultless, and he tells a good story. . . . The voices of these people come across to the reader as poignantly clear as they did 150 years ago.”—Historical Novels Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345527431
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 3,863
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Chain of Thunder, A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure—two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. He lives in Gettysburg.

Good To Know

Shaara didn't begin writing until he was 42 years old. In our interview, he explains, "My father had been the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Killer Angels, and died never fulfilled, nor successful as an author. I had no inclination to pursue writing at all, but was inspired by the suggestion of filmmaker Ron Maxwell, who suggested I continue the Civil War story my father had begun."

For 24 years, Shaara was a dealer in rare coins and precious metals. "The polar opposite career choice and lifestyle of an author," Shaara admits. "My criminology degree was inspired by a serious drive to find fulfillment as a wildlife officer (a game warden). With my coin business thriving, I never pursued the career."

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    1. Hometown:
      Kalispell, Montana
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 21, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Brunswick, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.S. in Criminology, Florida State University, 1974
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    This book was purchased as a gift for my husband. He has read every book Jeff Shaara has written (all the historical war books/series) and enjoyed every one of them. He is about three quarters of the way through this one, and when I asked him if he liked this book more or as much as all the others, he said this is an excellent read just like all of Jeff's books. I have also read many of his books and find them very engaging because you really feel like you are there experiencing the times and the real life events with the characters. I highly recommend this book and all of his books.

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    Perhaps the best of the triology

    The Smoke at Dawn may be the best work so far from Jeff Shaara. Hard to fault anything about this fine read. A nice touch at the end is the final results of the characters, those in fact and those of fiction.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

    Excellent Shaara novel

    Makes you believe you are there in the middle of history not reading a novel.Well researched and very well presented. This stage of the Civil War sealed the defeat of the Confederacy and severed the South's supply lines. Great book

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Great Book

    Jeff knows how to write a book. I have never been disappointed when reading his books - I have every one that he has written and they all deserve a 5-star rating.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    Recommend for the history, and the feel of what battle is like.

    This book conveys a lot of information relating to the generals, soldiers, and politicians behind the American Civil War.

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

    Civil war buffs must read!

    yes, it is fiction, but seems to follow the actual history of the war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Another success

    Shaara continues to make the Civil War "personal," i.e. you feel like you're "there." Great research and detail, combined with superb creation of characters and conversations brings the action and reality right to your armchair! #3 in his series, this is another excellent effort and I eagerly look forward to the concluding volume.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Firestar

    Age 23 moons. No family mate or kits. I have trained 3 apprentices and i am a male. I am jet black with two white strips that run body leangth and i am very burly. I would like to be a warrior. Thank you in advance for your consideration

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    if the authors name on the book buy it!!! you can't go wrong

    this book is written as all his works are.Brilliant.He goes to great length in his research and his writing grabs you and you cannot let go until you have reached the end.And then tell yourself this one of finest novels I have ever read.Do not fail to buy any of his books without worrying about anything.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Thoroughly enjoyed !

    There is no doubt that Jeff Shaara has become my all time favorite author when it comes to wars and the details of the battlefield. His research is tremendous and you really get a great feel on why these battles played out the way they did. The Smoke at Dawn continues the great tradition of Jeff (and his dad)...every one of his books has been an enjoyable read.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Great new Jeff Shaara Civil War Book

    Another great read from Mr. Shaara on the civil war. Excellent for those who like historical fiction and such a quick read. I signed up for the pre-release and got the signed book the day after it came out! A win-win experience for sure!

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Lives up to what readers expect from Shaara

    This book upholds the high standards that father & son have established. It is a solid portrayal of the armies and it's leaders at Chattanooga. It is a little light on the use of the rail systems to reinforce and re-supply the army of the Cumberland after Chickamauga. But the imagined dialogs and historical research is strongly valid.

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    Posted June 21, 2014

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    Posted June 20, 2014

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    Posted June 6, 2014

    Kiss ur hand 3 times post this at 3 other books and look under u

    Kiss ur hand 3 times post this at 3 other books and look under ur pillow

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