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Killer Angels, The

Shaara, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0679504664 / ISBN 13: 9780679504665
Published by David McKay, New York, 1974
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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One of the most popular novels of the Civil War -- a novel about the four days of Gettysburg -- and a Pulitzer Prize winner. A robust copy of the first edition, second printing, which looks exactly like the first save for the printing information and which was issued in the same year, 1974, but in August. Text block is firm; the DJ is price-clipped but bright and clean with very slight wear on the upper corners and at the bottom of the spine. Faux quarterbound (paper with blue/grey spine, green/grey boards), gilt lettering, frontispiece. 8vo. 374pp. Illus. (b/w plate). Maps. Author's second novel and first success, the surprise winner of the Pulitzer Prize and basis for the movie Gettysburg. Overall, a handsome copy of this classic. Early editions are scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 140218

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Title: Killer Angels, The

Publisher: David McKay, New York

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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A reissue of a Pulitzer prize-winning classic, and now the major motion picture GETTYSBURG. As a result of these acclamations, this book is considered one of the greatest novels written on the Civil War.

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This novel reveals more about the Battle of Gettysburg than any piece of learned nonfiction on the same subject. Michael Shaara's account of the three most important days of the Civil War features deft characterizations of all of the main actors, including Lee, Longstreet, Pickett, Buford, and Hancock. The most inspiring figure in the book, however, is Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, whose 20th Maine regiment of volunteers held the Union's left flank on the second day of the battle. This unit's bravery at Little Round Top helped turned the tide of the war against the rebels. There are also plenty of maps, which convey a complete sense of what happened July 1-3, 1863. Reading about the past is rarely so much fun as on these pages.

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