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In the Pulitzer prize winning classic The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the finest Civil War novel of our time. The Last Full Measure tells the epic story of the events following the Battle of Gettysburg and brings to life the final two years of the Civil War. Jeff Shaara dramatizes the escalating confrontation between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant complicated, heroic, and deeply troubled men. For Lee and his Confederate forces, Gettysburg has been an unspeakable disaster, but he is determined to fight to the bitter end; he faces Grant, the decisive, hard-nosed leader the Union army so desperately needs in order to turn the tide of the war. From the costly Battle of the Wilderness to the agonizing seize of Petersburg to Lee s epoch-making surrender at Appomattox, Shaara portrays the riveting conclusion of the Civil War through the minds and hearts of the individuals who gave their last full measure."
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Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Chain of Thunder, A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure--two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. He lives in Gettysburg.

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Shaara takes us from the wilderness to Appomattox in this sequel to his father Michael's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Killer Angels (Audio Reviews, LJ 10/1/94). Completing the trilogy he began with Gods and Generals (Audio Reviews, LJ 11/15/96), Shaara concentrates on the final year of the eastern theater of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of generals Grant, Lee, and Joshua L. Chamberlain. The author ably conveys their thoughts, giving us a fine psychological profile of these men. Stephen Lang, who portrayed Confederate Major General George Pickett in the film Gettysburg, gives an excellent performance in reading this abridgment. His accents are credible, and he moves the narration along at just the right pace. For popular collections.ÄMichael T. Fein, Catawba Valley Community Coll., Hickory, NC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"Riveting . . . vivid . . . brilliantly depicted."--Chicago Tribune"The Last Full Measure is more than another historical novel. It is rooted in history, but its strength is the element of humanity flowing through its characters. . . . The book is compelling, easy to read, well researched and written, and thought-provoking. . . . In short, it is everything that a reader could ask for."--Chicago Tribune "Masterful . . . These characters come alive as complex, heroic, and flawed men."--Baltimore Sun "[Shaara] writes with considerable sensitivity and skill, setting vivid scenes and adding drama and suspense to a familiar tale."--The Seattle Times "Exhaustively researched, infused with a profound understanding of the great issues of a nation and the small quirks of the human heart."--Newsday Riveting . . . vivid . . . brilliantly depicted. Chicago Tribune The Last Full Measure is more than another historical novel. It is rooted in history, but its strength is the element of humanity flowing through its characters. . . . The book is compelling, easy to read, well researched and written, and thought-provoking. . . . In short, it is everything that a reader could ask for. Chicago Tribune Masterful . . . These characters come alive as complex, heroic, and flawed men. Baltimore Sun [Shaara] writes with considerable sensitivity and skill, setting vivid scenes and adding drama and suspense to a familiar tale. The Seattle Times Exhaustively researched, infused with a profound understanding of the great issues of a nation and the small quirks of the human heart. Newsday" Riveting . . . vivid . . . brilliantly depicted. "Chicago Tribune" "The Last Full Measure" is more than another historical novel. It is rooted in history, but its strength is the element of humanity flowing through its characters. . . . The book is compelling, easy to read, well researched and written, and thought-provoking. . . . In short, it is everything that a reader could ask for. "Chicago Tribune" Masterful . . . These characters come alive as complex, heroic, and flawed men. Baltimore "Sun" [Shaara] writes with considerable sensitivity and skill, setting vivid scenes and adding drama and suspense to a familiar tale. "The Seattle Times" Exhaustively researched, infused with a profound understanding of the great issues of a nation and the small quirks of the human heart. "Newsday"" "Riveting . . . Vivid . . . Brilliantly depicted."--Chicago Tribune "THE LAST FULL MEASURE IS MORE THAN ANOTHER HISTORICAL NOVEL. It is rooted in history, but its strength is the element of humanity flowing through its characters. . . . The book is compelling, easy to read, well-researched and written, and thought-provoking. . . . In short, it is everything that a reader could ask for."--Chicago Tribune "A WORTHY COMPANION TO ITS TWO PREDECESSORS . . . These characters come alive as complex, heroic, and flawed men. . . . You are with [Robert E.] Lee, a deeply religious man, as he first begins to wonder if the Confederate cause will prevail. . . . You ride with [Ulysses S.] Grant to see the mounds of Union dead at Cold Harbor, and you share his sickening realization that thousands are dead because of his miscalculation. . . . You are at [Joshua] Chamberlain's bedside as he fights to recover from nearly mortal wounds. . . . Each book is masterful in its own way and taken together, they are unmatched in the body of Civil War literature."--The Baltimore Sun "A WORK OF MATURITY AND COURAGE . . . Jeff Shaara is no longer standing in the shadow of the father but shoulder-to-shoulder with him."--Orlando Sentinel "AN AMBITIOUS WORK . . . [Shaara] writes with considerable sensitivity and skill, setting vivid scenes and adding drama and suspense to a familiar tale."--The Seattle Times

Concluding the Civil War trilogy that began with his father Michael's Pulitzer-winning The Killer Angels, Shaara (Gods and Generals) chronicles Lee's retreat from Gettysburg and his valiant efforts to defend northern Virginia from Grant's superior, better-supplied forces. Seen alternately through the eyes of Lee, Grant and Maine abolitionist Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the narrative begins with the successful Union ambush at Bristoe Station in October 1863. It then details Lee's 18-month cat-and-mouse game as he outmaneuvers Grant, despite overwhelming odds and terrible deprivation, concludes with Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Impressively researched, this deeply affecting work can't be faulted for inaccuracy or lack of detail. But the occasionally coarse grain of Shaara's characterizations is a problem. Haunted by Stonewall Jackson's ghost, 56-year-old Lee frequently appears to be a semisenile neurotic. Grant, more concerned about his supply of cigars than battle losses, comes across as a dolt. This tendency toward caricature notwithstanding, Shaara has produced a stirring epigraph to his father's remarkable novel. Major ad/promo; first serial to Civil War Times Illustrated; BOMC and QPB alternates; author tour. (June)

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