In the killer angels, shaara does an excellent job of analyzing the tactical debates between james longstreet and robert e lee throughout the novel longstreet warned lee that attacks upon the union’s entrenched hill-top positions would be folly. The killer angels is actually the second in a trilogy following the civil war, although it was the first book written although i still have not been able to fully satisfy my curiosity, it is my understanding, that michael shaara died a rather untimely death, and his son, jeff, picked up the family legacy of writing. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of the killer angels michael shaara gives an accurate and fair account of the battle of gettysburg in his book the killer angels in the introductory letter to the reader, shaara states that he used primary sources and documents and did not consciously change any facts.
The killer angels book review june 21, 2012 the killer angels by michael shaara: the random house publishing group, new york, 1974 the killer angels is a stunning recollection of the telltale battle of the civil war: the battle of gettysburg. About the killer angels bookmark this page manage my reading list the book tells the story of the battle of gettysburg, attempting to present both a factual retelling of events as well as the emotional experience of living it.
“the killer angels” is a book that you have to stick with the last 100 pages or so are far superior to the first 100, so don’t give up in the early going the text is fine, but the early chapters seem like the characters are pontificating, some of them are, and the writing can be a little wooden.
The killer angels is a historical novel by michael shaara that was awarded the pulitzer prize for fiction in 1975 the book tells the story of the four days of the battle of gettysburg in the american civil war : june 30, 1863, as the troops of both the union and the confederacy move into battle around the town of gettysburg , pennsylvania , and july 1, july 2, and july 3, when the battle was fought. Reading books like the killer angels brings the facts of the battle to life with personal accounts – whether it be from longstreet’s perspective that pickett’s charge would fail before it began, or other smaller storylines told from armistead’s side (confederate commander under pickett.
See a complete list of the characters in the killer angels and in-depth analyses of general robert e lee, colonel joshua l chamberlain, and general james longstreet.