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The greatest of all Civil War campaigns, Gettysburg was the turning point of the turning point in our nation’s history. Volumes have been written about this momentous three-day battle, but recent histories have tended to focus on the particulars rather than the big picture: on the generals or on single days of battle - even on single charges - or on the daily lives of the soldiers. In Gettysburg Sears tells the whole story in a single volume. From the first gleam in Lee’s eye to the last Rebel hightailing it back across the Potomac, every moment of the battle is brought to life with the vivid narrative skill and impeccable scholarship that has made Stephen Sears’ other histories so successful. Based on years of research, this is the first book in a generation that brings everything together, sorts it all out, makes informed judgments, and takes stands. Even the most knowledgeable of Civil War buffs will find fascinating new material and new interpretations, and Sears’ famously accessible style will make the book just as appealing to the general audience. In short, this is the one book on Gettysburg that anyone interested in the Civil War should own. 

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©2003 Stephen W. Sears (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • 08-17-22

Excellent end-to-end account

I appreciate the author getting behind and critiquing the command decisions, and covering ALL the action. What a disaster Pickett’s charge was. I’m no fan of traitorous slavers killing U.S. soldiers but jeez, so senseless.

Narrator was exceptional.

My personal preference would be more information on weapons and tactics of the era, and how outdated some of the tactics were, resulting in insane casualties. He mostly assumes we understand things like massed fire and muzzle loading rifles and hot uniforms and what wounds were survivable but I like to nerd out on those details. What was it like to ride a beloved horse to death? What did you do when an enemy was upon you and you’ve already discharged your rifle? Why didn’t all of them use breach loading rifles? Why no grenades? For another book, I guess.

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  • 08-04-22

Harrowing story!

Great detail and description of the pivotal battle of the Civil War where the myth of Robert E. Lee’s much hyped generalship was crushed by General George Meade.

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  • Ian David Burrell
  • 07-04-22

Great narrative of the battle of Gettysburg

The well-paced narrative follows the roads to Gettysburg, the climax of the battle and the immediate aftermath.

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  • michael Billington
  • 01-24-22

Brilliant from start to finish

I have read quite a few books on Gettysburg and was unsure that I would learn anything new but purchased it because of the authors reputation as being a skilled historian and writer of the eastern theatre of the U.S civil war. Found myself gaining a new perspective on the not only the battle itself but the context in which it was fought.

The writer is clear in both his analysis and conclusions which makes for a refreshing change, too many military histories avoid making any point beyond casualtys and the horror of war. And while these are important to remember it was good to get a decision from the author regarding what happened and why.

Overalll an excellent and thorough piece of work.

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  • John Harris
  • 11-12-21

A First-Class Book

A first-class book which clearly sets out the rationale and course of Lee’s campaign and the Union response to it. The personalities and impact of key figures are covered in a well-told account, and a variety of first-hand recollections support the narrative. Contemporary photos and clear modern maps are a plus. This is my go-to book on Gettysburg.

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