Jeff Shaara free Gods and Generals
Dislike A complete and total dislike The description was good The characters were good The story line was fine Just Don t Like ItThat s all I have to say I m going to uote 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 e worth itWell 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 275 stars This book is the story of 4 generals or maybe I seriously don t know and what they went through during the Civil warSeems exciting enough The problem is I don T READ HISTORICAL FICTION BUT THIS read historical fiction but this was so cheap I just couldn t help myselfThis book was like a map and I m horrible with directions Also I m not American so I didn t know half of the places the author was talking about Why 275 starsThe goodThe writing was pretty greatI liked some of the characters and understood their decisions egarding which side they supported North or SouthThe character s stories background and difference in faith was enjoyable to ead aboutThe badDescription description and did I mention the descriptionI liked the characters but I didn t LIKE the charactersWar startegies and politics So hard to understandSlow PACEIf you like politics and historical fiction you will eally like this bookMaybe when I m wiser and older I will finish eading it and like it Probably not about being wiser and finishing the book I like historical fiction and picked up this book for that eason However it seems less like fiction and 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 the Civil War and not the whole Civil War but just until 1863 This the first book by either of the Shaaras that I have ead and I won t ead another Obviously I didn t know what I was getting into because I know he is very well egarded by many people 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 negativeI 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 complicated then I thoughtThe story begins in 1858 57 not sure which with some background information on the men the story focused on Robert E Lee Winfeild Scott Hancock Thomas J Stonewall Jackson and Joshua Lauwrence Chamberlain These four men and their experiences in the Civil War form the main story I knew most of the battle s outcomes due to eading Stonewall Jackson a portrait of a soldier ight before eading Gods and Generals But all the same the masterful way Shaara wove the storyIt was amazing Actually though the thing that fascinated me the most was the Generals of the North A parade of men going through President Lincoln eally didn t have much luck at all choosing a commander I lost track of how many generals had been in command and had to look it up I think by the Battle of Chancellorsville there d been at least 4 different commanders I wish highschools would teach history like this Most of my friends hate social studies but I ADORE history Read this book One of the most wonderful books on the main Civil War battles. In a preuel of sorts to his father Michael Shaara's 1974 epic novel The Killer Angels Jeff Shaara explores the lives of Generals Lee Hancock Jackson and Chamberlain as the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg approaches.
Jeff Shaara ñ 1 FREE READLet me first talk about The Killer Angels Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 it did not eceive the public ecognition it deserved until after Michael Shaara s death at age 50 That s sad to me because it is such a good book The ecognition finally came when the movie Gettysburg based on the book was eleased in 1993 Shaara didn t get to ealize this but his son did I had just assumed it was Jeff s idea to continue his dad s work creating the two books that would sandwich his dad s novel In actuality the idea for those two books came from the publishers Jeff had never even attempted writing This would be his first book Well I think writing is in the family genes I have ead that he doesn t uite write with the prose that his dad did It s been too long since eading The Killer Angels for me to judge I just know that the story he created here in Gods and Generals is very good Gods and Generals is a personalized historical novel Like The Killer Angels it is a character driven story wholly based on the detailed facts of our country s Civil War What s so good about these books is the getting to know the soldiers Each man struggled with fear and hoped for the life on the other side of this
war knowing this certain day of battle may be their last If you ve ever watched Kenknowing this certain day of battle may be their last If you ve ever watched Ken The Civil War documentary then you ll know what I m saying It s like seeing men and women from the past Chamberlain was a school teacher who volunteered for war because believed in his country Hancock was a brave leader hampered by the generals above his status Jackson was a brilliant strategist and devout Christian with a soft heart that I didn t know about Lee never wanted the war did not believe in slavery but like each man brought to war he would defend the state he called homeSo I didn t love it like I did The Killer Angels but I liked it very much I liked going back to this pivotal period of time and our country s fate All wars suck This war was so devastating to so many It can t be forgotten A Civil War book fictionalizing several different sectors of society Set mostly in the time it seemed possible the South would actually win the warNot bad but I m not entirely convinced of the historiosity The first in the epic fatherson Civil War trilogy the next one is The Killer Angels by Jeff s
father michael shaara followed by jeff s seuelMichael Shaara followed by Jeff s seuel Last Full Measure This was Jeff s first book and it must have been intimidating writing a preuel to his father s book which had won the Pulitzer prize and been made into the astonishingly good film GettysburgBut Jeff ose to the challenge admirably and delivered a book similar in tone to his father s and carefully maintaining the air of tragedy that his father achieved in The Killer Angels For those who are new Gods and Generals starts at the beginning of the American Civil War and follows four of the major commanders through the first three years of the war What makes this trilogy so uniue is years of the war What makes this trilogy so uniue is even handedness to both sides of the battle which makes the war itself something tragic Highly ecommended seriesThis was made into a film of the same name which deviated uite differently from the book If they d stuck to the book it would have been an amazing film instead it became a fascinating but flawed look at the American Civil War Read the book instead Focus is on a few officers from both sides before Gettysbur. G how each compensated for shortcomings and failures when put to the test The perspectives of the four men particularly concerning the battles at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville make vivid the ealities of
very important historical details for them making us understand them better Reading about these battles at the same timeimportant historical details for them making us understand them better Reading about these battles at the same time understand that this description is very accurate which of course I highly appreciateHowever in fact all of this is not particularly difficult for a writer and there are certainly many books describing battles from each period of history in a satisfactory way But what makes this book stand out is this deepening in the feelings of the protagonists some of them having the greatest weight in deciding for what has been done It is amazing how the writer animates these protagonists in front of our eyes thus showing us the human dimension of this war This gives us an insight into their motivations the easons for these
their doubts and the about their loved ones Thus having on one hand the exact description of the historical events and the big and small battles and on the other hand the vivid description of the sentiments of the protagonists the eader has a very intense and comprehensive experience for this historical period So in the end I can only say that this is a very high uality historical novel 1863 This book could be considered the preuel to THE KILLER ANGELS eviewed separately written by Mr Shaara s father This book takes a uniue perspective leading up to the Civil War introducing us to the notable historical figures in that confrontation Mr Shaara shares with the eader 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 this book answered many of my uestions about why this battle even happened Obviously the dialogue and innermost thoughts expressed by the characters in this book are speculation but the book did serve it s purpose for me It did answer any uestions in my mind in a colorful non textbook wayAlthough as mentioned I generally shy away from war books I do enjoy historical fiction and in my opinion this was historical fiction at its best 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. Shaara captures the disillusionment of both Lee and Hancock early in their careers Lee's conflict with loyalty Jackson's overwhelming Christian ethic and Chamberlain's total lack of experience while illustratin. ,Decisions Their Doubts And The