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Gettysburg by Stephen W. Sears
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Apr 12, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: american-history-civil-war
Read from March 29 to April 12, 2012

Stephen Sears provides an excellent one volume work on the battle of Gettysburg. Like many of Sears’ books he does an excellent job of staying in between north and south perspectives and acknowledging the views of both sides going beyond the old adage that history is written by the victor. The faults of southern command structure against the timidity of the north are well drawn out and while no excuses are made for either side the reader gets a great sense of the battle. In addition to telling the nitty gritty details with plenty of snapshots into daily solider lives the reader also gets a greater context for the battle and all that was going on around it during this time. The book does an excellent job of bringing Gettysburg home and taking the reader inside the battle. While many other books have been written and go into more exhaustive detail than this one if you are looking for a one volume account this is the way to go. Overall a wonderful and essential addition to any Civil War Library.
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