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The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
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haara's Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatization of the battle of Gettysburg may be beloved, but it's also incredibly dry. For a war novel, there isn't a whole lot of fighting depicted, even tho Gettysburg was supposed to be the costliest fight of the Civil War. To be fair, the book focuses primarily on the commanders on each side, who all have more than enuf drama, heartache, self-doubt, overconfidence, and exhaustion to fill out the story without hearing from the grunts. As it is, the colonels and generals act as a kind of Greek chorus, conveying the actions of their troops thru their eyes, so we get snatches of violence here and there, and a whole lot of aftermath.

Not recommended for Civil War neophytes. Despite several inclusive maps, it's a mite confusing as to which side is charging what hill.
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