THE KILLER ANGELS by Michael Shaara
Reviewed by Stephen Rittenberg, Brownstein Book Club ...take our poll!
(November 17, 2005)
In November our monthly book club celebrated its 30th anniversary with
a discussion of Michael Shaara's, The Killer Angels. This historical
civil war novel focuses on the Battle of Gettysburg. It was one of the
few times in our 30 years that there was critical agreement: we all felt
that the novel was superb. It tells the story of this bloody battle by
sketching the character of some of the men who fought in it. The South
is exemplified by Robert E. Lee, a charismatic leader whose tactical errors
resulted in defeat. The North is represented by the largely forgotten
Joshua Chamberlain whose improvisational daring was crucial to the Yankee
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