Michael Shaara





Michael Shaara

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born
in Jersey City, New Jersey, The United States
June 23, 1928

died
May 05, 1988

gender
male

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Michael Shaara (June 23, 1928 - May 5, 1988) was an American writer of science fiction, sports fiction, and historical fiction. He was born to Italian immigrant parents (the family name was originally spelled Sciarra, which in Italian is pronounced the same way) in Jersey City, New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University in 1951, and served as a sergeant in the 82nd Airborne division prior to the Korean War.
Before Shaara began selling science fiction stories to fiction magazines in the 1950s, he was an amateur boxer and police officer. He later taught literature at Florida State University while continuing to write fiction. The stress of this and his smoking caused him to have a heart attack at the early age of 36; from which he fully rec...more


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More books by Michael Shaara…
“There's nothing so much like a god on earth as a General on a battlefield.”
Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels

“The truth is, Colonel, that there's no divine spark, bless you. There's many a man alive no more value than a dead dog. Believe me, when you've seen them hang each other...Equality? Christ in Heaven. What I'm fighting for is the right to prove I'm a better man than many. Where have you seen this divine spark in operation, Colonel? Where have you noted this magnificent equality? The Great White Joker in the Sky dooms us all to stupidity or poverty from birth. no two things on earth are equal or have an equal chance, not a leaf nor a tree. There's many a man worse than me, and some better, but I don't think race or country matters a damn. What matters is justice. 'Tis why I'm here. I'll be treated as I deserve, not as my father deserved. I'm Kilrain, and I God damn all gentlemen. I don't know who me father was and I don't give a damn. There's only one aristocracy, and that's right here - " he tapped his white skull with a thick finger - "and YOU, Colonel laddie, are a member of it and don't even know it. You are damned good at everything I've seen you do, a lovely soldier, an honest man, and you got a good heart on you too, which is rare in clever men. Strange thing. I'm not a clever man meself, but I know it when I run across it. The strange and marvelous thing about you, Colonel darlin', is that you believe in mankind, even preachers, whereas when you've got my great experience of the world you will have learned that good men are rare, much rarer than you think.”
Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels

“He bent down, scratched the black dirt into his fingers. He was beginning to warm to it; the words were beginning to flow. No one in front of him was moving. He said, "This is free ground. All the way from here to the Pacific Ocean. No man has to bow. No man born to royalty. Here we judge you by what you do, not by what your father was. Here you can be something. Here's a place to build a home. It isn't the land--there's always more land. It's the idea that we all have value, you and me, we're worth something more than the dirt. I never saw dirt I'd die for, but I'm not asking you to come join us and fight for dirt. What we're all fighting for, in the end, is each other.”
Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels

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HISTORICAL FICTION POLL "A"
There will be a series of polls to begin putting together a potential reading list for the "historical fiction folder". I have divided the books into groups of 15 books apiece. Make sure to choose your favorite from each poll and make sure to vote in each of these polls so that we can generate a list according to priorities and interests.

The Killer Angels by Michael ShaaraMichael Shaara

KILLER ANGELS BY MICHAEL SHAARA
 
  9 votes, 29.0%

A Tale of Two Cities (Silver Classics) by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens

THE TALE OF TWO CITIES BY CHARLES DICKENS
 
  5 votes, 16.1%

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo Victor Hugo

LES MISERABLES BY VICTOR HUGO
 
  4 votes, 12.9%

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DOCTOR ZHIVAGO BY BORIS PASTERNAK
 
  4 votes, 12.9%

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy Leo Tolstoy

WAR AND PEACE BY TOLSTOY
 
  2 votes, 6.5%

Rob Roy (Penguin Classics) by Walter Scott Walter Scott


ROB ROY BY WALTER SCOTT
 
  2 votes, 6.5%

The Man Who Made Vermeers  Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren by Jonathan Lopez Jonathan Lopez

THE MAN WHO MADE VERMEERS - UNVARNISHING THE LEGEND OF MASTER FORGER HAN VAN MEEGEREN
 
  1 vote, 3.2%

Ivanhoe (Penguin Classics) by Walter Scott Walter Scott

IVANHOE BY WALTER SCOTT
 
  1 vote, 3.2%

The Good Earth (Enriched Classics) by Pearl S. Buck Pearl S. Buck

THE GOOD EARTH BY PEARL S. BUCK
 
  1 vote, 3.2%

Johnny Tremain by Esther ForbesEsther Forbes

JOHNNY TREMAIN BY ESTHER FORBES
 
  1 vote, 3.2%

Ben Hur   A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace Lew Wallace

BEN HUR BY LEW WALLACE
 
  1 vote, 3.2%

The Cid, Cinna, The Theatrical Illusion (Penguin Classics) by Pierre CorneillePierre Corneille

THE CID BY PIERRE CORNEILLE
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Richard II (Oxford School Shakespeare Series) by William Shakespeare William Shakespeare


RICHARD II BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier Tracy Chevalier

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING BY TRACY CHEVALIER
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

The Name of the Rose  Including Postscript by Umberto Eco Umberto Eco

THE NAME OF THE ROSE BY UMBERTO ECO
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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