"The battle of Gettysburg featured a cast of characters dramatically and poignantly portrayed in Michael Shaara's THE KILLER ANGELS. This new novel by his son Jeff Shaara describes the interconnected paths that brought these men together at this crossroads of our history. Readers of THE KILLER ANGELS won't want to miss GODS AND GENERALS."

Here is Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a hopelessly by-the-book military instructor and devout Christian. His fierce exterior hides a compassionate soul that few--students and soldiers alike--will ever see, and he becomes the greatest commander of the Civil War. We follow Winfield Scott Hancock, a Captain of Quartermasters who is assigned command of a brigade of infantry, quickly establishing himself as one of the finest leaders in the Union army. Then there is Joshua Chamberlain, who gives up his promising academic career to volunteer for service in the new army, only to become one of the most heroic soldiers in American history. And here, too, is a brilliant portrait of the complex, aristocratic Robert E. Lee, who is faced with the agonizing decision of resigning from a distinguished thirty-year army career in order to defend his home, never believing until too late that a civil war would ever truly come to pass.

"Shaara tells a tale impressive in its sweep, depth of character and historic verisimilitude....Like his father, Shaara gets deeply into the minds of his protagonists....The Shaara genes, it seems, are in fine shape."

As the war gathers momentum, Stonewall Jackson wins his reputation by a series of stinging victories over ineptly led Union forces. Lee, finally given command of the Confederate forces, recognizes that this strange, devout, and dangerous man is his greatest weapon. For a time, it truly seems as if God is on their side and that Lee will lead his army to final victory against overwhelming odds. Nowhere is this more plain than at the Battle of Fredericksburg, where, for the first time, all four men meet on the same field and experience the exhilaration and raw horror of battle from four very different points of view.

But it is in the next great fight, the Battle of Chancellorsville, that Lee's brilliant strategy and Jackson's supreme achievement are overshadowed when Jackson is mortally wounded by his own men. This loss is the true turning point of the war. Lee now realizes that against the ever-growing number of Union forces, he can only win by a direct threat to Washington. So the battle-hardened armies of the Confederacy begin their fateful invasion of the North, toward an obscure crossroads in Pennsylvania called Gettysburg.

Beautifully written, compelling on the battlefields and in the minds of its characters, profound in its insights, GODS AND GENERALS is truly a worthy companion volume to the timeless THE KILLER ANGELS.

"Shaara's wonderful command of detail and his generally shrewd depiction of character make for an impressive debut."


Now available in Ballantine Trade Paperback (345-40957-4, $12.95, $17.95 in Canada)
and as a Random House Audio Book--July 1996, abridged, 4 hours,
read by Stephen Lang.
(0-679-45188-9, $23.50, $28.50 in Canada)
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