Gods and Generals: A Novel of the Civil War

Gods and Generals: A Novel of the Civil War

by Jeff Shaara, Michael Shaara
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Gods and Generals: A Novel of the Civil War by Jeff Shaara, Michael Shaara

The New York Times bestselling prequel to the Pulitzer Prize–winning classic The Killer Angels
In this brilliantly written epic novel, Jeff Shaara traces the lives, passions, and careers of the great military leaders from the first gathering clouds of the Civil War. Here is Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, a hopelessly by-the-book military instructor and devout Christian who becomes the greatest commander of the Civil War; Winfield Scott Hancock, a captain of quartermasters who quickly establishes himself as one of the finest leaders of the Union army; Joshua Chamberlain, who gives up his promising academic career and goes on to become one of the most heroic soldiers in American history; and Robert E. Lee, never believing until too late that a civil war would ever truly come to pass. Profound in its insights into the minds and hearts of those who fought in the war, Gods and Generals creates a vivid portrait of the soldiers, the battlefields, and the tumultuous times that forever shaped the nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345422477
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/1998
Edition description: 1 MASS MKT
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 96,286
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 3.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About 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.


Kalispell, Montana

Date of Birth:

February 21, 1952

Place of Birth:

New Brunswick, New Jersey


B.S. in Criminology, Florida State University, 1974

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Gods and Generals 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
Neeson88 More than 1 year ago
the book was so well written its hard to put down. the way the author brings you in to the battles is wonderful. a must read you will enjoy.
KFReese More than 1 year ago
This book is great for readers looking for a taste of American Civil War history. It present the battles and characters in a way that brings them to life and makes you feel like their your best friend. It makes you want to keep reading and learning about the Civil War, which is a very important event in our nations history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gods and Generals was written with great accuracy. It keeps us spell bound actually taking us back to April 1861 through May of 1863. It wraps our minds in the spirit of the day. We are there next to General Lee, Jackson, Hood, Chamberlain, Hancock and Burnside as their orders are given and taken. A great Southern point of view of the war that seperated two nations in bitter conflict. Fantastic second part of the trilogy. Jeff Shaara wrote a masterpiece. He is a great writer. He is equal to his Dad, Michael Shaara.
argee More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in the Civil War, this is a Great overview of the leadership from both sides. This is fictionalized history in the vein of James Michener and John Jakes. I had a hard time putting it down.
Airborne_Alpha More than 1 year ago
Jeff Shaara simply wrote a masterpiece when he wrote "Gods and Generals". While the writing isn't as good as his father?s "The Killer Angels", J. Shaara gave us all of the background information you could want on the major players. Lee, Jackson, Chamberlain, and Hancock all become alive for the reader. Characters like Winfield Scott, Albert Sidney Johnson, and J.E.B. Stuart all have interesting parts in the story, and are characterized very well. Everything from Lee's participation in crushing John Brown's Raid, to Chancellorsville is covered in this novel, and it is a must have for any student of the Civil War or anybody interested in a good read.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Gods and Generals is a book that follows four leaders of the Civil War, looking at their lives and careers in the years leading to and the first 2 years (approximately) of the war. While the characters in the story are pulled from history (General Robert E. Lee, General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, General Winfield Scott Hancock, and Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Chamberlain), it is fiction in that the author delves more into the characters than history records. If you're looking for an accurate history book with very detailed information about battles, then this isn't the book for you. While Shaara does give ample information about troop movements and battles, he spends more time exploring the characters, their motivations for fighting, their family lives, and their relationships with the other soldiers. I'm a history buff and particularly enjoy learning about the Civil War. So, I really enjoyed this book. As I read I had a strong urge to watch the movie Gettysburg, which was based on his father, Michael Shaara's book The Killer Angels, to get the rest of the story. Oh and Gods and Generals was also made into a film. And as I researched a little more, I learned that there is one more book in this Civil War trilogy, The Last Full Measure, which covers what happens after Gettysburg.
Ken79 More than 1 year ago
Like other Shaara books this puts faces and personalities onto historical characters. The events are very true to history as best as I can tell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book ranks at the same level as The Killer Angels, by the author's father. I can't think of any higher praise that I could give.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book gives a first person view of 4 Civil War officers-Lee, Jackson,Hancock and Chamberlain. As a Civil War Buff, I enjoyed it very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliant historical novel about the little studied period just before the Civil War broke out and brothers in arms were forced to choose sides against one another. Well written, a fitting prequel to Killer Angels, Jeff Shaara did an amazing job crafting these books in the lineage of his father's original vision. The toughest thing about this book is the realization that we may, in fact, be reliving some of the same moral issues that divided that generation of far greater men than our own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jeff and his late father do a great job making one very familiar with these individuals whom prior to reading the father and son novels are no more than distant footnotes of history. The stories flow also. I am enjoying Gods and Generals, just a bit less than The Killer Angels. Looking forward to the final of the trilogy, which I am sure will make my flight from JFK to San Francisco fly by (no pun intended).
Sam1955 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book (this Author) better than his Dad's. This book ends just where Killer Angels begins - nice set, now we need son to teach me what happened in the 3rd and 4th year of the war...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For some reason, the vast percentage of Civil War literature is in the form of overly-abundant and increasingly repetitious history books. Good novels of the Civil War (and the Revolutionary War) are few, far between and most likely written by someone named Shaara. While Shaara is not quite as lively as Bernard Cornwell's enjoyable, yet formulamatic rehash of his Sharpe novels, The Starbuck Chronicles, "G&G" certainly has a great deal more depth. The book is also much less laborous and burdenome than the incredibly over-baked movie version. If you are at all interested in the subject matter Shaara is the best. I also reccomend The Flying Dutchmen by Andrew B. Suhrer. The novel is a real page-turner and can't be beat for entertaining reading whether you are interested in the Civil War or not.
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