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.
A better title for this abridgment would be "Vignettes from Gods and Generals" for we are only sketchily introduced to the men who determined the future of a whole nation. Whether it is religious faith, republican ideals, or devotion to a homeland that prompted the decisions that led to the death of over half a million soldiers in the Civil War, the generals have only four hours to make them. Shortening this earnest novel of idealism and death (LJ 5/1/96) results in trivializing its content and frustrating history lovers (surely the largest market for such a work). Stephen Lang reads with warmth and assurance. His suitability for the task cannot be questioned. If only listeners could hear him read the book in its entirety. Not recommended.‘Juleigh Muirhead Clark, Coll. of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
Shaara, whose father, Michael Shaara, won the Pulitzer in 1975 for his Civil War saga The Killer Angels, penned this prequel, which spent 14 weeks on PW's bestseller list. (May)
"Powerful . . . 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
"Compelling . . . a work of vivid drama and skill."--The Dallas Morning News "[Jeff] Shaara's beautifully sensitive novel delves deeply in 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."--San Francisco Chronicle "Historical detail and depth of character carry the book, which examines the viewpoints and vulnerabilities of one of the most fascinating collections of military minds ever assembled on a single battlefront."--Minneapolis Star Tribune "Shaara has created human beings of the myths and cold facts."--St. Petersburg Times