Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2010 - Fiction - 384 pages
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The Civil War is the American Iliad. Lincoln, Stonewall Jackson, Grant, and Lee still stand as heroic ideals, as stirring to our national memory as were the legendary Achilles and Hector to the world of the ancient Greeks. Within the story of our Iliad one battle stands forth above all others: Gettysburg. Millions visit Gettysburg each year to walk the fields and hills where Joshua Chamberlain made his legendary stand and Pickett went down to a defeat which doomed a nation, but in defeat forever became a symbol of the heroic Lost Cause. As the years passed, and the scars healed, the debate, rather than drifting away has intensified. It is the battle which has become the great "what if," of American history and the center of a dreamscape where Confederate banners finally do crown the heights above the town.  The year is 1863, and General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia are poised to attack the North and claim the victory that would end the brutal conflict. But Lee's Gettysburg campaign ended in failure, ultimately deciding the outcome of the war.  Launching his men into a vast sweeping operation, of which the town of Gettysburg is but one small part of the plan, General Lee, acting as he did at Chancellorsville, Second Manassas, and Antietam, displays the audacity of old. He knows he has but one more good chance to gain ultimate victory, for after two years of war the relentless power of an industrialized north is wearing the South down. Lee's lieutenants and the men in the ranks, embued with this renewed spirit of the offensive embark on the Gettysburg Campaign that many dream "should have been." The soldiers in the line, Yank and Reb, knew as well that this would be the great challenge, the decisive moment that would decided whether a nation would die, or be created, and both sides were ready, willing to lay down their lives for their Cause. An action-packed and painstakingly researched masterwork by Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen, Gettysburg stands as the first book in a series to tell the story of how history could have unfolded, how a victory for Lee would have changed the destiny of the nation forever. In the great tradition of The Killer Angels and Jeff Shaara's bestselling Civil War trilogy, this is a novel of true heroism and glory in America's most trying hour.
  

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Brilliantly well researched and very engaging. - Goodreads
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Another well-written historical novel by Gingrich and Forstchen! It took me more time to finish this one; it includes pages of tactics and military planning that I just had to slog through. But the ... Read full review

Review: Gettysburg (Gettysburg #1)

User Review  - Not Henry G - Goodreads

Just so you guys know, the only reason I didn't rate this 5 stars was because I wanted a way to show the next book was even better. Read full review

Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
19
Chapter Three
38
Chapter Four
64
Chapter Five
93
Chapter Six
116
Chapter Seven
150
Chapter Eight
170
Chapter Twelve
267
Chapter Thirteen
306
Chapter Fourteen
332
Chapter Fifteen
354
Chapter Sixteen
387
Chapter Seventeen
415
Chapter Eighteen
439
Chapter Nineteen
467

Chapter Nine
199
Chapter Ten
215
Chapter Eleven
228
Chapter Twenty
492
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

NEWT GINGRICH, front-running Republican primary candidate for the 2012 Presidential Election, former Speaker of the House, bestselling author of Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor, the longest serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting Course for Major Generals at Air University, and an honorary Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista, with whom he hosts and produces documentaries, including their latest, “A City Upon A Hill”.

Dr. William R. Forstchen is the author of over thirty works of historical fiction, science fiction, young adult works, and traditional historical research. He holds a Ph.D. with a specialization in military history from Purdue University.

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