Friday, June 17, 2005

Killer Angels

Lately, I've been reading about the Civil War. I started with the book, Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara. This is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, and a very excellent book. It was written about 30 years ago, and was the basis for the movie Gettysburg.

Michael's son, Jeff, wrote a prequel and sequel to Killer Angels. The first book is named Gods and Generals. The sequel book is named Last Good Measure. I read all three of these books. Although Killer Angels was the best book of the three, the others were pretty good. Gods and Generals has been made into a movie, and I believe Last Good Measure is supposed to be made into a movie as well.

The books focus on only parts of the Civil War. These books are fictional, about real events, but giving the reader an insight as to what a General or other character may have been thinking about at various times during the way. So, these are not history books. They are a fun read, even when we pretty much know the outcome, there are surprises along the way.

I'm interested in reading Gone For Soldiers as well, which is about the Mexican War, having many of the same people involved as the Civil War, but in their younger days.

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