Quick Review: The Killer Angels

Title: The Killer Angels

Author: Michael Shaara

Published: 1974

The down low: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1975) and required reading for a lot of people in school (but somehow not for me). Eventually became #2 in a series that was later extended by Shaara’s son (Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure).

Summary in 2 sentences: The Killer Angels offers a well-informed fictional account of the Battle of Gettysburg, four of some of the bloodiest days in American history. Both armies fight for a cause – one side of righting for a way of life they believe in, the other for freedom.

Why should you read it: No matter what kind of person you are or what kinds of books you like to read, this story will move you. Literally this book makes you want to travel back in time, enlist in Chamberlain’s division, and fight for the cause. Shaara makes you feel like you’re on the actual battlefield. At a time when it feels not so hot to be an American, The Killer Angels is the perfect antidote.

How B&B categorizes this book: inspirational AF.

-M

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