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Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara
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Sep 13, 2012

it was amazing
Read in September, 2012

Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara is a historical fictional book about the civil war from the beginning to Gettysburg in 1863. General Lee and Jackson reluctantly side with the rebels to protect their home of Virginia. They repeatedly outsmart the Union Generals in the battles of Manassas, 2nd Manassas, Fredericksburg, and Antietam. Lincoln replaces his generals frequently for loosing against the far smaller forces of Lee. The story on the Union side centers around General Hancock one of the only generals in the North with any sense; he is sadly not given an independent command and must continue to follow misguided orders. Also Chamberlin, a professor in Mane fights for the Union and gives the perspective of someone lower in the chain of command and new to the war.
I liked this book a lot, it told the story of the war from the perspective of the individual and made it more like a fictional book than a history book. It had good balance amount of military strategy, personal experience and historical context. I would defiantly recommend this book to any one that enjoys historical fiction.

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