• Title: Gods and Generals
  • Author: Jeff Shaara
  • ISBN: 9780345422477
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • BRILLIANT DOES NOT EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE THE SHAARA GIFT THANK GODS AND GENERALS THAT IT WAS PASSED FROM FATHER TO SON Atlanta Journal Constitution LIVELY, FAST PACED A worthy companion to The Killer Angels Shaara brilliantly charts the war, the exploits of the combatants and their motivations He also concisely shows how the early parts of the camp BRILLIANT DOES NOT EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE THE SHAARA GIFT THANK GODS AND GENERALS THAT IT WAS PASSED FROM FATHER TO SON Atlanta Journal Constitution LIVELY, FAST PACED A worthy companion to The Killer Angels Shaara brilliantly charts the war, the exploits of the combatants and their motivations He also concisely shows how the early parts of the campaign unfolded His accounts of the battles of Williamsburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville are exciting Though the story of the Civil War has been told many times, this is the rare version that conveys what it must have felt like Chicago Sun Times SHAARA S BEAUTIFULLY SENSITIVE NOVEL DELVES DEEPLY into the empathetic realm of psycho history, where enemies do not exist just mortal men forced to make crucial decisions and survive on the same battlefield He succeeds with his historical novel through fully realized characters who were forced to decide their loyalties amid the horrors of their divided nation San Francisco Chronicle The battle of Gettysburg featured a cast of characters dramatically and poignantly portrayed in Michael Shaara s The Killer Angels This new novel by his son Jeff Shaara describes the interconnected paths that brought these men together at this crossroads of our history Readers of The Killer Angels won t want to miss Gods and Generals James McPherson, Author of Battle Cry of Freedom

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    1. For those who may not know, Jeff Shaara is the son of Michael Shaara who wrote The Killer Angels. Without that great book, there would be no Gods and Generals, or the many other books Jeff has written since this first one. Let me first talk about The Killer Angels. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1975, it did not receive the public recognition it deserved until after Michael Shaara’s death at age 50. That’s sad to me, because it is such a good book. The recognition finally came when the movi [...]

    2. I'm going to quote the words of Jason Mraz and say:" I won't give up on us God knows I'm tough enough We've got a lot to learn God knows we're worth it."Well it turns out I'm not tough enough and this book wasn't worth it. Oh, and I'm totally giving up on us. Rating: 2.75 starsThis book is the story of 4 generals (or maybe more. I seriously don't know) and what they went through during the Civil war.Seems exciting enough. The problem is I don't read historical fiction but this book was so cheap: [...]

    3. I love how Jeff Shaara writes. It takes some getting used to, yes, but once you get used to itBrilliant! Outstanding!!!!!! I especially love how he focuses on the army, barely touches the political side of the war-and when the political side is touched, it's mostly negative.I'd never thought to deeply about the Civil war until this school year. Now, with this book coming to top off my school year, I must say history is a whole lot more complicated then I thought.The story begins in 1858 (57??? n [...]

    4. This book could be considered the prequel to THE KILLER ANGELS (reviewed separately), written by Mr. Shaara’s father. This book takes a unique perspective leading up to the Civil War, introducing us to the notable historical figures in that confrontation. Mr. Shaara shares with the reader, through excellent characterization and dialogue why the Civil war was so important to these men. The author manages to bring to life the years leading up to the Civil War. Seemingly historically accurate, th [...]

    5. I really don't know what happened with Jeff Shaara from this book to his second attempt, The Last Full Measure, but I enjoyed this book more. There is still the rambling on, and the writing still has the same irritating problems, but not to the same extent as Measure. I still enjoy the historic events told in a comprehensible way; it fulfills my need to understand the order in which things happened. I must say, I could not read two pages where he goes on about the death of General Jackson, it is [...]

    6. I like historical fiction and picked up this book for that reason. However, it seems less like fiction and more like military history. This book seemed to me to be endless descriptions of what every general on both sides was doing during the Civil War--and not the whole Civil War, but just until 1863. This is the first book by either of the Shaaras that I have read, and I won't read another. Obviously, I didn't know what I was getting into because I know he is very well regarded by many people.

    7. When my history professor gave me a list of books to choose from to read for his Civil War class, I chose this one on impulse. I came into the novel with very little knowledge about the events recorded in the book, but Jeff Sharra brought it to life for me. All too often, the Southern soldiers are depicted as uneducated brutes who hated slaves. While I'm sure that was true of some, Sharra portrays the Southern Generals as fighting for their homeland, for their families, and as unwilling to turn [...]

    8. I have read some really great books in the past year or two(Memoirs of a Geisha, The Kite Runner, Seabiscuit)- and this book definitely joins the list. It was so well written and interesting. It's about the civil war- it's quite thick and I thought it might be boring, but it was a page turner. I felt so connected to all of the characters, and I found myself really conflicted on whether I wanted the Union or the confederates to win the war- the book presented the generals as real people, so it di [...]

    9. The first in the epic father/son Civil War trilogy (the next one is The Killer Angels by Jeff's father Michael Shaara, followed by Jeff's sequel The Last Full Measure). This was Jeff's first book, and it must have been intimidating writing a prequel to his father's book, which had won the Pulitzer prize and been made into the astonishingly good film, Gettysburg.But Jeff rose to the challenge admirably and delivered a book similar in tone to his father's and carefully maintaining the air of trage [...]

    10. There is very little I can say about this book that hasn't already been said. It seems a rather polarizing read with people either really liking it or really hating it. Unfortunately for me I fall into the latter category.The book is just oknsidering the subject matter at hand it should have been great. By confining himself to copying his father's style, the book never flows, drama never builds, characters are never rounded out.Switching from one character's point of view to anothers can be a gr [...]

    11. The author's father was named Michael Shaara and wrote "The Killer Angels" which was a Pulitzer Prize winning novel that was made into the movie "Gettysburg". The son, Jeff Shaara, copied his father's unique writing style but did not do it justice. Admittedly, "The Killer Angels" is a historical fiction novel that covers 3 days while the son had to cover several years of the Civil War. This was not easy for that writing style. Still the book is an acceptable prequal to the "Killer Angels" if you [...]

    12. Jeff Shaara simply could not pull off what his father accomplished. I'm sure Mr. Shaara is a smart historian of sorts, but as a writer it just doesn't give the proper payload. Perhaps he simply tried to cram too much in the lead-up to the Battle at Gettysburg, unlike his father who concentrated all of his attention and efforts on just those three historic days? Either way, the writing is simply annoying (too many ""s throughout), and the only thing interesting is the sprinkling of Jeff Shaara's [...]

    13. Corny dialogue, very stilted. This book and the series of three novels about the Civil War was highly recommended, so I was very disappointed.I couldn't even finish it. I remembered why I really dislike so many historical novels--they try too hard and sound like a low budget movie.

    14. Jeff Shaara is the son of Michael Shaara, who wrote the superb book "The Killer Angels" about the Battle of Gettysburg. "Gods and Generals" is a prequel to that book, covering the lead-up to the Civil War, plus the first two years of the war. The book adopts the same approach as "The Killer Angels," recounting events from the perspective of several key figures, in this case primarily Lee, Hancock, Jackson, and Chamberlain.I found this a very good book, albeit grim reading. It is eloquent, engros [...]

    15. Jeff Shaara has a gift. Following in his father’s footsteps (“The Killer Angels,” Michael Shaara’s 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), “Gods and Generals” is the prequel to the Battle of Gettysburg, following Lee, Jackson, Hancock and Chamberlain in their early years, before Lincoln’s election and the succession of the states. It makes today’s political turmoil look like kid’s stuff. It’s a robust portrait of the early years of the war, interconnecting the paths that brought th [...]

    16. For a conflict that irrevocably changed the fate of the United States as we know it today, the Civil War is often stuck in the back of society's mind outside of an abnormally tall hat and some sort of "Proclamation". That's a bit of hyperbole, of course, but too often the Civil War can come off like any other piece of history if not approached correctly: it seems old, dry, lifeless, and devoid of personality.It is that bankruptcy in treatment that makes Jeff Shaara's Gods and Generals such a ple [...]

    17. I’ve read quite a few Jeff Shaara novels but never his first one. Most readers will know that Jeff’s father Michael Shaara wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning The Killer Angels (a book among my all-time top 10 – all genres). Upon Michaels’ death, Jeff took up the mantle and began his writing career by offering this “prequel” to that famous novel.“Gods and Generals” tells the story of the first years of the American Civil War through the points of view of four key individuals: Robert [...]

    18. I love American History, but I had a really hard time getting into this book. Sometimes I really enjoy switching point of view between different characters, but I struggled with it in this book. Every time I began to feel connected to one of the characters, I would have to readjust when the story was yanked away to a different location.I think epic stories covering great distance and a long time period are difficult to write. I felt that this book was accurate in its character portrayals, but it [...]

    19. I read Gods and Generals mainly because it was the prequel for the book I really wanted to read (eventually) : Killer Angels. G&G was a good read, though I sometimes got lost in the extended battle scene details. I did thoroughly enjoy the character building done for the generals, especially Lee, Jackson, Stuart, Hancock, and Chamberlain. I always learn a lot when I read historical fiction. And this was no different. I never realized how poorly executed the Civil War was at times, and how po [...]

    20. Wow. This one rivals his father's book, "The Killer Angels". If you like Civil War history at all, if you enjoy historical fiction at all, if you just like a good book read this one!The story centers around four main characters; Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, and Winfield Hancock. I've read several biographies of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson and I believe Jeff Shaara did a fantastic job of capturing the personalities of these men. While fiction (because we [...]

    21. This was a fairly lame book. I think it didn't require much more than Junior year of college level research. It was not very riveting. Without looking into it, I believe the author is pretty much a confederate apologist. He idolizes men like Lee, Jackson and Longstreet. His descriptions of them are glowing; they are the heroes while the union generals are buffoons and the union fighting men victims of inept leadership-that last part is fairly accurate. I know that a story like this should not ta [...]

    22. I love Civil War stories, but thought this one was just stupid. Yes, this is a novel, but it's written with all the dryness of a paper towel and there was no humor or humanity. The people in the book are ostensibly real and are presented as such. And yes, we do know what they're thinking more than you would if this were a non-fiction book. However, the text is dry and the stories are boring. I wanted to like this book, but after just having finished the North & South trilogy, this dry tale o [...]

    23. The book barely rates an "ok" which is better than movie of the same name. The surprise of this is that this book was borne out of Jeff's attempt to write a screenplay sequel for the movie Gettysburg that was created from his father's original book. Jeff attempts to mimic his dad's style in a book that involves 3+ years instead of 3+ days. For this reason alone it doesn't work. The gaps in the narrative can best be described as "Swiss Cheese". The pre-war chapters of Hancock and "Lo" Armistead a [...]

    24. Jeff Shaara uses the formula used so successfully in Killer Angels, an historical novel about the Civil War battle of Gettysburg, in Gods and Generals which covers the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. Each chapter focuses on one of the major figures in these conflicts including Lee, Jackson, Winfield Scott Hancock, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, and others. I appreciated Shaara's in-depth research which matches that of his father's book. The characters are complex and nua [...]

    25. Like The Killer Angels, this book is very good at revealing the personal struggles and thoughts of some leading figures in the Civil War. It's engaging, informative, and a must read for anyone with an interest with history. However, I much preferred his father's book, The Killer Angels. Perhaps a comparison is a bit unfair due to the timespan, but this type of book seemed to work better with three days instead of three years. And I liked Michael Shaara's style a bit better, though they are simil [...]

    26. Interesting approach to historical writing, and a new view of the Civil War for me. Normally, I think about the Civil War in terms of politics, Lincoln, slavery, Confederates, Yankees, etc. This was the first time I even had a chance to consider tactics and war effort, because American history in the public school system simply doesn't teach it that way. I don't think I particularly enjoyed it, but I did open my history thinking box to possibilities and modern comparisons I wouldn't have otherwi [...]

    27. This is not my usual era for Historical Fiction, but nonetheless, I am glad I read this book. I spent much of the time reading being angry at the ignorance and arrogance of men who "earned" their appointments because of wealth or connections. The foolish decisions made by these men who had no business being in command cost hundreds of thousands of young lives. I know this is a work of fiction, but based on current events and culture, I believe that these erroneous appointments most likely did ha [...]

    28. This book is a terrific read for anyone interested in the history of the American Civil War but not interested in reading a textbook about it. Told from alternating points of view of four general officers, two from the south and two from the north, the book shows how the bungling of politicians and generals led to the horrific loss of both Union and Confederate soldiers' lives and limbs during the worst war this country has ever experienced. The narration is detailed, sometimes pedantic enough t [...]

    29. I enjoyed the beginning of this historical novel a lot. I was surprised to learn how loyal Robert E. Lee was to the Union. It was his loyalty to his home state of Virginia that caused him to embrace the rebel cause. When the Civil War actually started, and other generals were introduced in addition to the four who were described in alternating chapters in the first third of the novel, I got confused and lost interest. I think someone who loves American history or has a good knowledge of the Civi [...]

    30. Of the three in the "father-son trilogy," this one ranks lowest, in my opinion, but that doesn't mean it's not any good. Shaara, the son, covers a lot of material, beginning the novel well before war breaks out, showing how the men who served together make the decisions that transform their friends into the enemy they must face on the battlefield. Although not as personal as The Killer Angels, the style of telling the story through the eyes of the participants is still an effective way to touch [...]

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