Thursday, August 22, 2013

Book Review: Killer Angels By: Michael Shaara

Book Description:
In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fought for two dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Shattered futures, forgotten innocence, and crippled beauty were also the casualties of war. The Killer Angels is unique, sweeping, unforgettable—a dramatic re-creation of the battleground for America's destiny.
My Thoughts:

First off if you haven't been to Gettysburg, you need to find time to GO! Pennsylvania is an AWESOME place to visit, you have Pittsburg, Philadelphia, the Amish, and other awesome things and places in Pennsylvania, it's GORGEOUS! But there is something very sacred about Gettysburg. I've been there twice and it still touches me. This ONE battle that changed the course of history.

This books makes the characters REAL and that they are GOOD men on BOTH sides of the battle lines. It was interesting to read how human they all were, their mistakes and characteristics that made them who they were! The way war was back then was more brutal in the sense that you could die a slow painful death but it seemed also so...nice? I know right? how it war nice? well just that in the aspect of the Civil war they had family and friends fighting on the other side and would raise white flags to chat with someone. The art of war was open and honest, it seemed like.

I enjoyed it because it reminded me that they weren't just fighting for freedom of the slaves but FREEDOM itself. The south was fighting to keep their freedom to do what they wanted and the north was fighting for a different type of freedom but in the end that is what this war was about. FREEDOM to do something. But it would've had divided us and this war brought us together. It would take MANY years later to get what it was about.

It was interesting at the end of the book to read about what happened afterwards with the commanders and how this ONE battle haunted many of them.

HIGHLY recommend.

Language: moderate (PG)
Sexual Content: none
Violence: moderate (nothing gory)
Drugs/Alcohol: none

1 comment:

  1. I am looking forward to reading this...unfortunately, it is packed and is currently residing in a storage