Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War

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Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War by Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen

The Civil War is the American Iliad. Lincoln, Stonewall Jackson, Grant, and Lee still stand as heroic ideals, as stirring to our national memory as were the legendary Achilles and Hector to the world of the ancient Greeks. Within the story of our Iliad one battle stands forth above all others: Gettysburg.

Millions visit Gettysburg each year to walk the fields and hills where Joshua Chamberlain made his legendary stand and Pickett went down to a defeat which doomed a nation, but in defeat forever became a symbol of the heroic Lost Cause. As the years passed, and the scars healed, the debate, rather than drifting away has intensified. It is the battle which has become the great "what if," of American history and the center of a dreamscape where Confederate banners finally do crown the heights above the town.

The year is 1863, and General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia are poised to attack the North and claim the victory that would end the brutal conflict. But Lee's Gettysburg campaign ended in failure, ultimately deciding the outcome of the war.

Launching his men into a vast sweeping operation, of which the town of Gettysburg is but one small part of the plan, General Lee, acting as he did at Chancellorsville, Second Manassas, and Antietam, displays the audacity of old. He knows he has but one more good chance to gain ultimate victory, for after two years of war the relentless power of an industrialized north is wearing the South down. Lee's lieutenants and the men in the ranks, imbued with this renewed spirit of the offensive embark on the Gettysburg Campaign that many dream "should have been." The soldiers in the line, Yank and Reb, knew as well that this would be the great challenge, the decisive moment that would decided whether a nation would die, or be created, and both sides were ready, willing to lay down their lives for their Cause.

An action-packed and painstakingly researched masterwork by Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen, Gettysburg stands as the first book in a series to tell the story of how history could have unfolded, how a victory for Lee would have changed the destiny of the nation forever. This is a novel of true heroism and glory in America's most trying hour.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429904643
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 136,406
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

NEWT GINGRICH, front-running Republican primary candidate for the 2012 Presidential Election, former Speaker of the House, bestselling author of Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor, the longest serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting Course for Major Generals at Air University, and an honorary Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista, with whom he hosts and produces documentaries, including "A City Upon A Hill".

Dr. William R. Forstchen is the author of over thirty works of historical fiction, science fiction, young adult works, and traditional historical research, including the New York Times bestselling One Second After and We Look Like Men of War. He holds a Ph.D. with a specialization in military history from Purdue University.


Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, is the author of several bestselling books, including Valley Forge, To Try Men's Souls, Pearl Harbor and Gettysburg (all with William R. Forstchen). 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, and served in Congress for twenty years. He is also the founder of the Center for Health Transformation.
William R. Forstchen is the author of the New York Times bestseller One Second After and We Look Like Men of War, among numerous other books in diverse subjects ranging from history to science fiction. He has co-authored several books with Newt Gingrich, including Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, Pearl Harbor, Days of Infamy, To Try Men’s Souls and Valley Forge. Forstchen holds a Ph.D. in History from Purdue University, with specializations in military history and the history of technology. He is currently a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College, near Asheville North Carolina. He is a pilot and flies an original WWII recon "warbird." He resides near Asheville with his daughter Meghan.

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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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read all three books. Very interesting analysis of the politics and decisions that happened during the Civil War.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The authors do an excellent job changing one decision made by Lee and seeing the battle through to a very probably conclusion. The charactors are brought to life, and even if your loyalties lie with one sie or the other, you find yourself identifying with individuals on both sides of the battle. Very realisitic and well done. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found a very plausible alternative to Gettysburg. I loved the characters, the fundamental possibilities, and the detail the authors went into. They put me in the trenches along side the likes of Longstreet, Lee, Meade, and especially Henry Hunt, who, In my opinion, plays an important, colorful character. Having studied Gettysburg myself several times, I found myself immersed in the 'did or did not' really happen syndrome, blurring history in my mind. I found the character development superb. I highly recommend.
solo More than 1 year ago
In this novel Lee listens to Longstreet and decides against sending Pickett against the Federal lines- from that point on history takes a new turn and the tide of the war changes. A must read for Civil War buffs. The fairness and evenhandedness to both sides is striking.Really enjoyable!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Could not put this book down. Most Civl War book have some dry chapters but, not this book I enjoyed the whole thing
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Newt Gingrich and Bill Forstchen created Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, they created a spectacular illustration of alternative history.Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War is a great eye-opener for understanding how one change in the sequence of events could could alter the entire outcome of the Civil War. Whether you are a Civil War buff or not, I highly recommend reading Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, by Newt Gingrich and Bill Forstchen.
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this is the only book I read so far in this series. Very good book .Really interesting on how many people died in the battles up to Gettysburg.
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