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The 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

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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