Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
The Killer Angels is a unique, sweeping, and unforgettable dramatic re-creation of the battle at Gettysburg which would ultimately shape America's destiny. Delving into the psyches of all the major players involved in the great battle—from the generals, to the soldiers, to the handful of Europeans "observing" the American war—Shaara gives the reader uncanny insight into the characters of the men, their passions, quirks, and motivations, and the decisions which marked their fates. He brings history to life with accurate factual testimony and a novelist's sharp eye for detail, as well as a deep pathos for these historical characters.
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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.