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Gods and Generals: A Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy) (edición 1998)

por Jeff Shaara (Autor)

Series: Civil War trilogy (1)

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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.… (más)
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Título:Gods and Generals: A Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)
Autores:Jeff Shaara (Autor)
Info:Ballantine Books (1998), Edition: Media tie-in, 512 pages
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Jeff Shaara takes his dads book "The Killer Angels" and tries to extend it to cover not just the early war, but the years leading up to the war. In the end the style and viewpoints ends up spread far too thin to cover such a period of time.

The book claims to cover 4 viewpoints, Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, Winfeld Scott Hancock and Joshua Chamberlin. But in the end it works out that a majority of the book is from Lee's POV.

Which brings us to the second major problem. While Killer Angels seemed to be a repudiation of the Mythos of the Lost Cause, with an attempt to rehab Longstreet's undeserved reputation at Gettysburg. Gods And Generals seemingly pulls out every single cliche it can from the Lost Cause. Kindly Mr Lee who was apolitical (How he can spend 3 years in Arlington across the river from DC during the late 1850s and yet have no idea about politics is beyond me) to kindly Mr Lee who was just looking out for the welfare of his slaves, which is why he kept them enslaved.

Speaking of slaves, after an early appearance by a former slave at Arlington (written in the most white man writing a minority way possible), slaves never again appear in the story. Also somehow never mentioned is the Emancipation Proclamation, which was one of the major results of a battle smack dab in the middle of the novel.

It's not a bad novel persay, but is disappointing because it could have been done much better. If for example the time period of the Seven Days Battles / 2nd Bull Run / Antietam which would have ran from July of 62 to September of 62 was it's own section and given time to build out of there instead of things feeling rushed (while somehow also feeling very slow at points) it could have been better.

It's worth a read, I would definitely read The Killer Angels first, and if you want more then pick this up. Don't read this as a series starting here and going into Killer Angels. ( )
  webbard | Nov 10, 2021 |
In 1974 [a:Michael Shaara|16892|Michael Shaara|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1447009089p2/16892.jpg] wrote [b:The Killer Angels|682804|The Killer Angels (The Civil War Trilogy, #2)|Michael Shaara|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1355371689l/682804._SX50_.jpg|1044737], a story of The Battle of Gettysburg. Shaara won the Pulitzer for that book. Here is a bit from my review on that book:

This is the story of the Civil War battle at Gettysburg. It doesn't matter how much you know about that war, or how many books you have read on the subject. This book will more than likely change how and what you think of when the Civil War is brought up. Michael Shaara tells this story in such a captivating way, it will all be fresh and new . Although you know how it ends, you will wish, as some of these men did, that it could have been different.

Fast forward 2000, [a:Jeff Shaara|14655|Jeff Shaara|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1277931532p2/14655.jpg], Michael's son publishes a prequel, [b:Gods and Generals|29925|Gods and Generals (The Civil War Trilogy, #1)|Jeff Shaara|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1330062676l/29925._SY75_.jpg|30342]. This book begins 3 years before the outbreak of The Civil War. Using the same format his father used, the story is told through the eyes of four men-Robert Edward Lee, Winfield Scott Hancock, Thomas J (Stonewall) Jackson and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. The first 119 pages introduce you to these men, and the lives they had before the South succeeded. On page 120 men, who were raised in the South, begin resigning their posts and commissions in the Union Army. Explaining "they cannot fight against their homes." At this juncture, the world changes and our country becomes "Hell on Earth."

The book continues through mid 1863, and over this time Shaara opens up a whole new Civil War for me. The incompetence of the men in Washington, the politics so similar to the present day. Longstreet expressed his opinions of the Union Army, in a letter, "The soldier has no respect for the commanders, the commanders have no respect for the Generals. Not a very healthy army." Had someone, anyone, listened to the ranks of men, perhaps the war would have ended after less than a year.

These books are very character driven, you feel the sorrow, the love and despair of these men. You begin to know them as humans, not just characters from the past.

There is a 3rd book in this series[b:The Last Full Measure|29923|The Last Full Measure (The Civil War Trilogy, #3)|Jeff Shaara|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1331939776l/29923._SY75_.jpg|168568], again written by [a:Jeff Shaara|14655|Jeff Shaara|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1277931532p2/14655.jpg]. It covers the final years of the war. No doubt that I will read it. However, my " reading heart" is telling me to re-read The Killer Angels first. As a rule, I do not re-read, so this is very unusual and hard for me to do. I just feel I need to go back and follow the story as it unfolds.

Just a note: Jeff Shaara had never written a book before Gods and Generals. So if you think he just danced by on his fathers coat tails, you are wrong. A quote from the back of the book:

Brilliant does not even begin to describe the Shaara gift. Thank Gods and Generals that it was passed from father to son -The Atlantic Journal Constitution. ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
Part 1 in a Civil War trilogy originally started by his father, this engaging, epic book follows four Civil War generals in the years leading up to Gettsyburg.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Aug 2, 2021 |
Gods and Generals is written as a prequel to The Killing Angels, a Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by Michael Shaara. This novel, written by his son, seeks to further the historical retelling of the civil war up to the battle of Gettysburg. Jeff, his son, does a nice job of bringing the war to the reader by concentrating on four main Generals: Robert E. Lee, Thomas Stonewall Jackson, (from the south), and Joshua Chamberlain and Winfred Scott Hancock (from the north). Some points of interest include the relationship that all these men had with each other. They knew each other or of each other from attending West Point and some fought together in The Mexican war which was a land grab that gave us the southwest, and provided valuable battle experience for the men who would later fight the civil war.
Men didn't necessarily chose sides based on their views of slavery, but were more opposed to the right of the central government to impose laws on individual states. For many it was the state's rights they were fighting for. I was interested to learn that Lee was asked to lead the troops for Lincoln, but could not bring himself to first feel loyalty for his home state of Virginia. It was also fascinating to learn of how many
early Union losses were because of bad leadership. Meade constantly asking for more troops when he had Lee on the run. Burnside waiting for the pontoons instead of crossing in the shallow section of the Rappahannock River.Thus giving Lee a chance to man the bank on the other side and win the day in Fredericksburg .
Shaara deciding to describe the battle through the eyes of four men also gives you a good perspective of the opposing ideas and insights into their beliefs, for example how religious both Jackson and Lee were. I would be interested in continuing my education in America's bloodiest battle and will look to go on to read about Gettysburg. ( )
  novelcommentary | Dec 17, 2020 |
Mostly good. The battles are well described, the inner thoughts of the major characters make sense and you feel for everyone involved. I found the pacing a bit slow and the last third definitely lost me a bit and felt repetitive. Weaving in real tactics from the battles was very cool. As I'm reading more historical fiction, I realize I should do more research prior to reading so I have a better fundamental understanding of the goings on. Was surprised the author chose to highlight both sides and not really have a set protagonist antagonist and not mention slavery that much but I suppose the Civil War was about more than that? Not sure, a bit confused about that. I guess history isn't always as clean cut as good vs bad so this probably was a good decision by the author. Following in his father's footsteps is super cool, looking forward to the Killer Angels. ( )
  hskey | Aug 30, 2019 |
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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.

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