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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov 3, 2004 - History - 640 pages
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Stephen W. Sears has delivered a masterwork in Gettysburg, his single-volume history of the Civil War's greatest campaign. Drawing on original source material, from soldiers' letters to the Official Records of the war, Sears offers dramatic and informed accounts of every aspect of the campaign, from well-hewn portraits of the battle's leaders to detailed analyses of their strategies and tactics. Sears depicts General Meade's remarkable performance in his first week of army command and pinpoints General Lee's responsibility in the agonizing failure of the Confederate army. With characteristic style and insight, Sears brings the epic tale of the battle in Pennsylvania vividly to life.

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Great overview about the Battle of Gettysburg. - Goodreads
Sears' writing style is approachable and enjoyable. - Goodreads
Very easy to read and quite a treat. - Goodreads
It's readable but very detailed historical scholarship. - Goodreads
Still, this depiction - Goodreads

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User Review  - William J. - Goodreads

Stephen Sears is the most thorough Civil War author I have read. He ties together the perspectives of the participants as well as that of the society in general both Confederate and Union. This is a should read prior to visiting Gettysburg. Read full review

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User Review  - Henry Cenkner - Goodreads

Took a while to plod through the structural and command setup of the opposing armies, but the action was hot and heavy once the first skirmish set the great battle into motion before either side expected. The details will make my next trip to the battlefield much more enjoyable. Read full review


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STEPHEN W. SEARS is the author of many award-winning books on the Civil War, including Gettysburg and Landscape Turned Red. A former editor at American Heritage, he lives in Connecticut.

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