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Publisher's Summary

Travel through a pivotal time in American history.

Jeff Shaara, America's premier Civil War novelist, gives a remarkable guided tour of the 10 Civil War battlefields every American should visit: Shiloh, Antietam, Fredericksburg/Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, New Market, Chickamauga, the Wilderness/Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg/Appomattox. Shaara explores the history, the people, and the places that capture the true meaning and magnitude of the conflict and provides:

  • Engaging narratives of the war's crucial battles 
  • Intriguing historical footnotes about each site
  • Photographs of the locations - then and now
  • Detailed maps of the battle scenes
  • Fascinating sidebars with related points of interest 

From Antietam to Gettysburg to Vicksburg, and to the many poignant destinations in between, Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields is the ideal guide for casual tourists and Civil War enthusiasts alike.

©2007 Jeff Shaara (P)2007 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"This is an informative and moving examination of 'hallowed ground' that will appeal to both scholars and Civil War buffs, especially those planning to visit these sites." (Booklist)

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Informative battle guide

Shaara does a very good job of summarizing six battles of the Civil War with the focus on visiting the fields and seeing the terrain. If touring battlefields is one's desire, this book makes a great introduction.

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great history...detail is good...excellent insight to use when touring the battlefields...passionate author and well read

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Be Sure to Listen. I You’ll Be Glad You Did

The audio book was very informative and well organized. It was amazing to hear the history of each battlefield included in the presentation. The sharing of why each battle was important and what to see when visiting each location provides a leg up in planning a trip to one or more of these battlefields. I’m thrilled I found the book and was able to enjoy it as much as I did.

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Far more than a battlefield tour guide!!

I’ve listened to and tremendously enjoyed the civil war trilogy in addition to all of Jeff Shaara’s civil war historical novels. I am definitely a civil war buff. This book was one of the most enjoyable listens. Jeff Shaara gives a vivid portrayal of these battlefields while giving the listener a succinct but understandable description of the battle. I’ve read many great works written by the academic historians which, of course, are more detailed but this is one of my favorites.

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Dry Civil war history 101

Jeff Shaara, in writing this book constructed a dry history lesson. Jeff Shaara's father, Michael Shaara, got me interested in Civil War history because the dramatization within his Civil War books, made history come to life. I loved Michael Sharra' s books. However, reading this book of Jeff Shaara, brought me painfully back to the boredom of 8th-9th grade history. If you are a genuine history buff, you may love this dry rendition. If you need history to come alive, pass on this book, and search for the father's, Michael Shaara's, fun and exciting dramatizations of Civil War history.

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