The Last Full Measure: A Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)

By Jeff Shaara

Within the Pulitzer prize–winning vintage The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the best Civil struggle novel of our time. within the bestselling Gods and Generals, Shaara’s son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father’s imaginative and prescient, telling the epic tale of the occasions culminating within the conflict of Gettysburg. Now, Jeff Shaara brings this mythical father-son trilogy to its attractive end in a singular that brings to existence the ultimate years of the Civil War.
 
As The final complete Measure opens, Gettysburg is prior and the warfare advances to its 3rd brutal yr. at the Union facet, the gulf among the politicians in Washington and the generals within the box yawns ever wider. by no means has the bulky Union military so desperately wanted a decisive, hard-nosed chief. it really is at this severe second that Lincoln locations Ulysses S. provide in command—and turns the tide of war.
 
For Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg used to be an unspeakable disaster—compounded through the shattering lack of the fiery Stonewall Jackson months ahead of. Lee is familiar with higher than an individual that the South can't continue to exist a battle of attrition. yet with the full devotion of his generals—Longstreet, Hill, Stuart—and his loyal religion in God, Lee is set to struggle to the sour end.
 
right here too is Joshua Chamberlain, the school professor who emerged because the Union hero of Gettysburg—and who will upward push to turn into one of many maximum figures of the Civil War.
 
conflict by means of extraordinary conflict, Shaara dramatizes the escalating disagreement among Lee and Grant—complicated, heroic, deeply afflicted males. From the high priced conflict of the barren region to the agonizing siege of Petersburg to Lee’s epoch-making give up at Appomattox, Shaara portrays the riveting end of the Civil battle throughout the minds and hearts of the people who gave their final complete measure.
 
choked with human ardour and the spellbinding fact of historical past, The final complete Measure is the perfect capstone to an impressive literary trilogy.

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