By Jeff Shaara
Within the Pulitzer prize–winning vintage The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the best Civil conflict novel of our time. within the bestselling Gods and Generals, Shaara’s son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father’s imaginative and prescient, telling the epic tale of the occasions culminating within the conflict of Gettysburg. Now, Jeff Shaara brings this mythical father-son trilogy to its gorgeous end in a unique that brings to existence the ultimate years of the Civil War.
As The final complete Measure opens, Gettysburg is prior and the struggle advances to its 3rd brutal yr. at the Union part, the gulf among the politicians in Washington and the generals within the box yawns ever wider. by no means has the bulky Union military so desperately wanted a decisive, hard-nosed chief. it's at this severe second that Lincoln locations Ulysses S. furnish in command—and turns the tide of war.
For Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg was once an unspeakable disaster—compounded by way of the shattering lack of the fiery Stonewall Jackson months earlier than. Lee understands greater than an individual that the South can't live on a warfare of attrition. yet with the entire devotion of his generals—Longstreet, Hill, Stuart—and his dependable religion in God, Lee is decided to struggle to the sour end.
the following too is Joshua Chamberlain, the varsity professor who emerged because the Union hero of Gettysburg—and who will upward thrust to turn into one of many maximum figures of the Civil War.
conflict through fabulous conflict, Shaara dramatizes the escalating war of words among Lee and Grant—complicated, heroic, deeply afflicted males. From the high priced conflict of the desert to the agonizing siege of Petersburg to Lee’s epoch-making quit at Appomattox, Shaara portrays the riveting end of the Civil conflict in the course of the minds and hearts of the people who gave their final complete measure.
choked with human ardour and the spellbinding fact of heritage, The final complete Measure is the ideal capstone to an impressive literary trilogy.
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