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Jeff Shaara

Autor/a de Gods and Generals

38+ obres 16,363 Membres 300 Ressenyes 36 preferits

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Jeff Shaara was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on February 21, 1952. He received a degree in criminology from Florida State University in 1974. He was a professional dealer in rare coins for many years and operated his own business in Tampa until the death of his father, Michael Shaara, in 1988, mostra'n més when he became actively involved in the elder Shaara's literary estate. He continued his father's work by researching the history of the characters his father had brought to life in The Killer Angels, and in 1996 his prequel, Gods and Generals, was published. The book was awarded the American Library Association's Boyd Award for Excellence in Military Fiction and was adapted into a motion picture in 2003. His other works include The Last Full Measure, Rise to Rebellion, The Glorious Cause, The Steel Wave, No Less Than Victory, The Final Storm, A Blaze of Glory, A Chain of Thunder, The Smoke at Dawn, and The Fateful Lightning. He received another Boyd Award for To the Last Man. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
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Obres de Jeff Shaara

Gods and Generals (1996) 3,189 exemplars
The Last Full Measure (1998) 2,155 exemplars
Rise to Rebellion (2001) 1,539 exemplars
The Rising Tide (2006) 1,232 exemplars
The Glorious Cause (2002) 1,224 exemplars
Gone for Soldiers (2000) 1,103 exemplars
To the Last Man (2004) 983 exemplars
The Steel Wave (2009) 855 exemplars
No Less Than Victory (2009) 638 exemplars
The Final Storm (2011) 470 exemplars
The Fateful Lightning (2015) 243 exemplars
Gods and Generals [2003 film] (2003) — Original book — 217 exemplars
The 1978 World Book Year Book (1978) 13 exemplars
ULTIMO ALIENTO (2015) 1 exemplars
Gettysburg 1 exemplars

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MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 2013 (2013) — Author "Fiction" — 3 exemplars

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What an exciting, fascinating book. Even though based on a well-known historical event author Jeff Shaara brings it to life and tells a story not just of heroes and villains but of people on the ground participating as well as everyday citizens afraid but not quite sure what they should be afraid of and how afraid they should be.

Shaara has a knack for using historical fiction to make larger-than-life figures relatable and recognizable, to put them in challenging situations and show human, real-life thoughts and reactions. For example, both John and Bobby are mostly remembered as brave men from a famous family, assassinated, cut down in their prime, martyrs. But Shaara zeroes in on this particular political situation - the Cuban Missile Crisis – and portrays a tense few days where they are confronted with a situation they inherited, trying to find a path through the literal minefield of missiles being installed by the Soviet Union in Cuba, missiles quite in range of the coast of the United States. The bravery is still there, but so is the other side: assumptions and prejudices, unwarranted criticism, off-the-cuff inappropriate remarks, anger breaking through. This makes for a very believable story.

From the highest-level heads of government – in the United States, the Soviet Union and Cuba – to support staff and the military to the men in Cuba installing the missiles to regular people living in Florida wondering just what is going on, Shaara describes reaction, overreaction, fear, bluster; a wide range of emotions and opinions on what the solution should be.

The Shadow of War is fast-moving and suspenseful, taking us through the days before an agreement was reached. Taking us into the bomb shelters and the duck and cover drills. Taking us into the living rooms of those responsible for making a move that could result in nuclear war. It was thoroughly enjoyable first page to last. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for providing an advance copy of The Shadow of War via NetGalley. I voluntarily leave this review; all opinions are my own.
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GrandmaCootie | May 16, 2024 |
Reason read: War Room (LT), American War of Independence
This was a work of fiction but I think it had a lot of facts, the non fiction parts would have included the "thoughts of the various characters"; Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, etc. (in fact - the perspectives of multiple characters, including Sentry Hugh White of the British army, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Lieutenant-General Thomas Gage, George Washington, Governor Thomas Hutchinson, Captain James Hall, Abigail Adams, Paul Revere, Dr. Joseph Warren, and Major John Pitcairn. Other characters in the book include King George the Third, George Greenville, Samuel Adams, Issac Barre, John Hancock, John Wilkes, William Pitt, Edmund Burke, Sir Charles Townshend, Sir Will Hills, Francis Bernard, Deborah Franklin, William Franklin, Martha Washington, Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, General Jeffrey Amherst, Margaret Kemble Gage, Captain Thomas Preston, Josiah Quincy, Samuel Johnson, Will Strahan, John Quincy Adams, Lord Wedderburn, Thomas Paine, Lord Admiral Richard Howe, John Montagu, Paul Revere, Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith, Captain John Parker, Walter Laurie, Admiral Graves, Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold, Henry Clinton, John Burgoyne, Artemas Ward, William Prescott, General Putnam, Major Gridley, Charles Lee, Horatio Gates, William Tryon, Daniel Morgan, Bonvouloir, Richard Montgomery, Hiram Jones, Lady Germain, Henry Knox, Nathaniel Green, and Robert Livingston. ) Written in 2001 and it mostly is about what led up to the war of independence. How many did not want to break from England. It spans the Boston Massacre to the Declaration of Independence. The second book, The Glorious Cause, covers the actual war. I think it was a good review of American History.… (més)
 
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Kristelh | Hi ha 27 ressenyes més | Feb 13, 2024 |
Re-read (read first time 6 years ago) of Civil War up to attack on Gettysburg. Read as prelude to seeing new movie of same name, but reviews are so bad that I will probably not see the movie now. Book is undoubtedly much better telling the story.
 
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derailer | Hi ha 35 ressenyes més | Jan 25, 2024 |
Very good fictionalized story of years leading up to Declaration of Independence
 
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derailer | Hi ha 27 ressenyes més | Jan 25, 2024 |

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