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A Killer Angels Companion

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The popularity of Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Killer Angels, is legendary. There are currently six million copies in print. But how faithful to the truth was this novelist's view of the Battle of Gettysburg and its key figures? What happened to the major characters after Gettysburg? After 20 years as historian at Gettysburg National Military Park, fe ...more
Paperback, 58 pages
Published December 31st 1996 by Thomas Publications (PA) (first published October 1996)
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Jul 31, 2009 Jake rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, military
This book reads like a carefully written response to the State of the Union Address by the party not in power. I suppose its greatest value would be as a jumping off point for people who want to move beyond Shaara's great novel into the realm of serious historical study.

This book also rode on the crest of a strong backlash against the movie Gettysburg and the myths/misconceptions it fostered in popular culture. As a reenactor friend once told me, at least one battlefield tour guide refuses to t
Very limited in scope - its true value is to historians who are teaching using The Killer Angels and would like additional information on that book's historical accuracies. It did let me know that Winfield Scott Hancock had a twin, however!
Feb 15, 2012 Collin rated it really liked it
A quick read, but interesting to learn the liberties that Shaara took when fictionalizing his fine story.
Aug 12, 2008 kelly rated it it was ok
Sorry - so the truth is not as romantic - and that people are more human and less heroic than we like
Jan 09, 2011 Ray rated it it was amazing
A compelling read of the Gettysburg conflict for any Civil War buff.
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