Thursday, February 12, 2015

Book Review - The Killer Angels

As part of my goal to read all the Pulitzer Prize winners in fiction, I recently completed The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara.

This book is a fictionalized account of the four-day Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. It is a great historical novel that helped me better understand the battle and the men involved on both sides of it. The chapters are told from various perspectives, shifting between the various commanders and from the south to the north, which presents an easy to understand story of what was happening within each army. There are also maps included that show where the various armies were at different points during the battle.

This is one of the best war novels I've ever read! I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys history.

Have you read this book? Please share your thoughts or suggestions for other historical novels in the comments.


  1. I agree, it was a great book. I read it years ago, but still remember how compelling it was.

  2. I haven't had much of a chance to read lately though I love too. I'm not much into reading about history but might check this one out!

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  3. Hubby likes this author and said that this book is particular was just excellent. I think there are a couple more in the series, perhaps?

  4. Yes, I did read that there were several other books in this series. Definitely worth looking into.

  5. I'm torn - I have family that fought at Gettysburg and of course still have family near there. Fascinating idea but war books tend to be exhausting to read :(


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