Pulitzer prize-winning novel about four sweltering days during which a battle, centered around a sleepy village in Pennsylvania called Gettysburg, determined not only the outcome of the Civil War, but the future of the nation. A book that is worthy of its epic subject. My favorite novel and one that I have read over and over. Horrific, heroic and totally unforgettable. — Alden Graves
My wife and I consider this one of our top ten reads of all time. Historically accurate and completely compelling account of the Battle of Gettysburg. A well-deserved Pulitzer went to this excellent book. — Erik Barnum
“My favorite historical novel . . . A superb re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg, but its real importance is its insight into what the war was about, and what it meant.”—James M. McPherson
In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Bright futures, untested innocence, and pristine beauty were also the casualties of war. Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece is unique, sweeping, unforgettable—the dramatic story of the battleground for America’s destiny.
Praise for The Killer Angels
“Remarkable . . . a book that changed my life . . . I had never visited Gettysburg, knew almost nothing about that battle before I read the book, but here it all came alive.”—Ken Burns
“Shaara carries [the reader] swiftly and dramatically to a climax as exciting as if it were being heard for the first time.”—The Seattle Times
About the Author
Michael Shaara was born in Jersey City in 1929 and graduated from Rutgers University in 1951. His early science fiction short stories were published in Galaxy magazine in 1952. He later began writing other works of fiction and published more than seventy short stories in many magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook. His first novel, The Broken Place, was published in 1968. But it was a simple family vacation to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1966 that gave him the inspiration for his greatest achievement, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels, published in 1974. Michael Shaara went on to write two more novels, The Noah Conspiracy and For Love of the Game, which was published posthumously after his death in 1988.
“The best and most realistic historical novel about war I have ever read.” –GENERAL H. NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF
“My favorite historical novel . . . A superb re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg, but its real importance is its insight into what the war was about, and what it meant.” –JAMES M. MCPHERSON Author of Battle Cry of Freedom
“Remarkable . . . A book that changed my life . . . I had never visited Gettysburg, knew almost nothing about that battle before I read the book, but here it all came alive.” –KEN BURNS Filmmaker, The Civil War
“Shaara carries [the reader] swiftly and dramatically to a climax as exciting as if it were being heard for the first time.” –The Seattle Times