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We may hope that Maxwell will want to produce a movie based on Gods and Generals. I think not, but it is nonetheless quite enjoyable and stands as a worthy tribute by a son to his father. It covers the span of time from late in , when the war had become all but inevitable, to June , just before the Battle of Gettysburg. Battle details, while not entirely absent, are not a main focus of this work.
One can not imagine the professional military graduate schools using this as required reading, as in fact they have done with The Killer Angels. Gods and Generals is, however, fun to read. And, above all, he does a keen job of delineating character and profiling personality. The reader comes to feel as though he or she is actually in the company of the various individuals who serially occupy the spotlight: Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. Each chapter concentrates on one of these four main protagonists, except the chapters in which they interact with one another and thus share the spotlight.
Three of the four were professional soldiers, graduates of the U. Chamberlain was the exception, for he was a scholar, a college professor, and had experienced nothing of a military nature, save for some time as a student at a military prep school. But Chamberlain studied hard, worked hard, and transformed himself into a worthy commander. Not just anyone could have done that. One wonders if any or all of the other three main characters could have done so.
But, then, how can we imagine any of them—especially Robert E. Lee—not having inclined toward a military career in the first place? Lee is delineated as a man of great patience, intelligence, insight, and, above all, forbearance and composure. He had insight into the psyches and perhaps the souls of friends and foes alike. He is ultimately a man of sorrows, for he cannot achieve final victory for the cause to which he dedicated himself. But he transcends defeat.
There is something cosmic about Lee. He was a brooding, mystical, sort of man—not exactly likable. But people admired him, respected his obvious ability as a soldier, and many of them came to love him for his glorious performances on the battlefields of the Civil War. Hancock was the long-suffering professional soldier, whose capabilities were well apparent to his contemporaries, but who lacked the push and self-promotion or political bootlicking qualities that probably would have impelled him to higher ranks and prestige in the antebellum army.
But his superiors during the Civil War, notably George B. McClellan, realized from the first that Hancock was a real soldier and they earmarked him for high responsibilities. And, had Chamberlain not chosen to leave the army after the war to resume his distinguished academic career, he perhaps could well have been—like Alfred H. Terry also a New Englander —a truly self-made professional soldier.
Jeff Shaara has done a nice job in telling the stories of the four protagonists. The reader cannot help but feel a degree of familiarity with these compelling characters. Shaara has learned an impressive amount of facts about the men and events his novel covers. There are some evidences of but sophomoric mastery of the latest scholarly insights by Civil War specialists, but there are no glaring errors and rather few apparent infelicities.
Overall, Gods and Generals is a fine piece of Civil War fiction. Luraghi searched 50 archives in four countries in putting together what may be the first truly comprehensive history of Confederate efforts at sea. Painstakingly detailed reference books for serious students of Civil War naval history. Kuz and Bradley P. A plastic surgeon and an orthopedic surgeon explore injuries and treatments in an illustrated book for readers without medical expertise but with strong stomachs.
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Gods and Generals
We may hope that Maxwell will want to produce a movie based on Gods and Generals. I think not, but it is nonetheless quite enjoyable and stands as a worthy tribute by a son to his father. It covers the span of time from late in , when the war had become all but inevitable, to June , just before the Battle of Gettysburg. Battle details, while not entirely absent, are not a main focus of this work. One can not imagine the professional military graduate schools using this as required reading, as in fact they have done with The Killer Angels. Gods and Generals is, however, fun to read. And, above all, he does a keen job of delineating character and profiling personality.
Gods and Generals Teacher’s Guide
Apr 27, Buy. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant—complicated, heroic, and deeply troubled men—through to its riveting conclusion at Appomattox. I had never visited Gettysburg, knew almost nothing about that battle before I read the book, but here it all came alive.
Book Review: A Worth Tribute, Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara — CWT
Written by Jeffrey Shaara after his father Michael 's death in , the novel relates events from through during the American Civil War , ending just as the two armies march toward Gettysburg. In Gods and Generals was made into a film directed by Ronald F. Maxwell and starring Robert Duvall and Jeff Daniels. The film shares most of its cast with Gettysburg , the film adaptation of The Killer Angels.
Gods and Generals: A Novel of the Civil War