The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara

The Killer Angels

By Michael Shaara

  • Publication Date: 1975-06-12
  • Genre: Historical
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 510 Ratings)

Book Overview

“My favorite historical novel . . . a superb re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg, but its real importance is its insight into what the war was about, and what it meant.”—James M. McPherson
In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Bright futures, untested innocence, and pristine beauty were also the casualties of war. Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece is unique, sweeping, unforgettable—the dramatic story of the battleground for America’s destiny.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jeff Shaara's Blaze of Glory.

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Users Reviews

  • Respect

    By Need Stmts Visable
    Amazing account of Civil War leadership at Gettysburg. Unforgettable.
  • The Killer Angels

    By DaveDayok
    This is my third reading of this wonderful book. It is without a doubt one of the best books written about the Civil War! In my opinion Michael Shaara captured the glory and horror of war. It also gives some insight into the individuals as they see things happen in front of them. An extremely well written story.
  • Book Review

    By Braxto123
    This book is a very good book to read. The book is set in the Battle of Gettysburg which is w Civil War battle that occurred in the middle of the Civil War. What is is very neat about this book is that it shows different POVs of different military officials throughout the battle. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who loves history or military history because this would be the kind of book that a historian or history buff would read.
  • Amayzin

    By Rkograntsgace
    6 stars! Being a civil war expert myself, I tried to look for flaws in this book. None were found. Extremely accurate, and i like how it's written as a novel. I also like how its from both points of view, not just union. It seems like no one cared about the Confederates, but they had lives too. Great book, worth all 8 bucks. Watch the movie "Gettysburg". Its based off the book and closer to the book than even Hunger Games was to it's book.
  • Good

    By Eli2729
  • Killer Angels

    By Heyyallitsshy
    Well I am not too much into war books or anything but I had to read this book for summer reading. I will say this book was phenomenal.
  • The most noble of all battles

    By Jeff k85
    Amazing book. You have to take some time remembering all the characters. But it puts light on exactly how the battle of Gettysburg took place, How the enemies knew one another, and how it was inevitable that neither side was going to give up till the end.
  • A look inside the war

    By Novaxman
    This was a very interesting book to read. It was very enjoying. It gave me a new understanding of how the civil war was in prospective of a soldier. What honorable men they were.
  • Killer Angels

    By Measured Reasons
    Awesome! Could not put it down, literally. Goes inside the battle, but more, inside the minds of the key generals. Talks of God, honor, death, war, admiration and friendship of the deepest kind. The fog of war, valor, fear, stench, stupidity, luck, uncertainty of information, responsibility of command, foppish sentimentality, terrified religiosity, uncommon bravery, blooming pride and booming cannon are all here. I wish I had read this book years ago. I wish every puffed up self-congratulating politician who may see political opportunity in pitting brother against brother would read this first and beg forgiveness. Are we all red meat - killer angels. Or something more?
  • Awesome

    By Deeznuts2011
    An outstanding read. I do wish there was more from the Union side, as most of the story is from the Confederate angle. Still, a gripping read.