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In the Pulitzer prize-winning classic The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the finest Civil War novel of our time, an enduring bestseller that has sold more than two million copies. In the bestselling Gods and Generals, Shaara's son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father's vision, telling the epic story of the events culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg. Now, Jeff Shaara brings this legendary father-son trilogy to its stunning conclusion in a novel that brings to life the final two years of the Civil War.

As The Last Full Measure opens, Gettysburg is past and the war advances to its third brutal year. On the Union side, the gulf between the politicians in Washington and the generals in the field yawns ever wider. Never has the cumbersome Union Army so desperately needed a decisive, hard-nosed leader. It is at this critical moment that Lincoln places Ulysses S. Grant in command--and turns the tide of war.

For Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg was an unspeakable disaster--compounded by the shattering loss of the fiery Stonewall Jackson two months before. Lee knows better than anyone that the South cannot survive a war of attrition. But with the total devotion of his generals--Longstreet, Hill, Stuart--and his unswerving faith in God, Lee is determined to fight to the bitter end.

Here too is Joshua Chamberlain, the college professor who emerged as the Union hero of Gettysburg--and who will rise to become one of the greatest figures of the Civil War.

Battle by staggering battle, Shaara dramatizes the escalating confrontation between Lee and Grant--complicated, heroic, deeply troubled men. From the costly Battle of the Wilderness to the agonizing siege of Petersburg to Lee's epoch-making surrender at Appomattox, Shaara portrays the riveting conclusion of the Civil War through the minds and hearts of the individuals who gave their last full measure.

Full of human passion and the spellbinding truth of history, The Last Full Measure is the fitting capstone to a magnificent literary trilogy.

From the Hardcover edition.

Review:

"The Last Full Measure is more than another historical novel. It is rooted in history, but its strength is the element of humanity flowing through its characters....The book is compelling, easy to read, well-researched and written, and thought-provoking....In short, it is everything that a reader could ask for." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"If the true test of a work on the Civil War is to add something new to the established canon, Jeff Shaara's The Last Full Measure is a failure....Although it is billed as a novel written by a storyteller and not a historian, it straddles that hazy no man's land between fact and fiction — a dangerous zone for any author who insists on using real characters and actual events already much written about and enshrined in some very good biographies and histories." Mark A. Bradley, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"A worthy companion to its predecessors....These characters come alive as complex, heroic, and flawed men....You are with [Robert E.] Lee, a deeply religious man, as he first begins to wonder if the Confederate cause will prevail....You ride with [Ulysses S.] Grant to see the mounds of Union dead at Cold Harbor, and you share his sickening realization that thousands are dead because of his miscalculation....You are at [Joshua] Chamberlain's bedside as he fights to recover from nearly mortal wounds....Each book is masterful in its own way and taken together, they are unmatched in the body of Civil War literature." The Baltimore Sun

Review:

"Impressively researched, this deeply affecting work can't be faulted for inaccuracy or lack of detail. But the occasionally coarse grain of Shaara's characterizations is a problem. Haunted by Stonewall Jackson's ghost, 56-year-old Lee frequently appears to be a semi-senile neurotic. Grant, more concerned about his supply of cigars than battle losses, comes across as a dolt. This tendency toward caricature notwithstanding, Shaara has produced a stirring epigraph to his father's remarkable novel." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"An ambitious work....[Shaara] writes with considerable sensitivity and skill, setting vivid scenes and adding drama and suspense to a familiar tale." The Seattle Times

Review:

"Shaara's battle episodes nicely balance an admirable grasp of strategy with an understanding of the war's horror and cost. While it's hard to see how the younger Shaara's books offer anything new as either fiction or history on the subject, their swift pace and great accuracy do make for a vivid — and sometimes moving — review of a defining moment in American history." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A work of maturity and courage....Jeff Shaara is no longer standing in the shadow of the father but shoulder-to-shoulder with him." Orlando Sentinel

Synopsis:

US

Synopsis:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERS

by

MICHAEL SHAARA and JEFF SHAARA

 

THE CIVIL WAR TRILOGY

GODS AND GENERALS

THE KILLER ANGELS

THE LAST FULL MEASURE

“Brilliant does not even begin to describe the Shaara gift.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

About the Author

Jeff Shaara was born in 1952 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University in 1974. For many years he was a dealer in rare coins, but sold his Tampa, Florida, business in 1988 upon the death of his father, Michael Shaara.

As manager of his father's estate, Jeff developed a friendship with film director Ron Maxwell, whose film Gettysburg was based on The Killer Angels. It was Maxwell who suggested that Jeff continue the story Michael Shaara had begun.

He and his wife, Lynne, divide their time between Tampa, Florida, and Missoula, Montana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345425485
Author:
Shaara, Jeff M.
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Author:
Various
Author:
Shaara, Jeff M.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
War
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Fiction.
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Civil War Trilogy
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
8.1 x 5.4 x 1.1 in .94 lb

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Product details 576 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345425485 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Last Full Measure is more than another historical novel. It is rooted in history, but its strength is the element of humanity flowing through its characters....The book is compelling, easy to read, well-researched and written, and thought-provoking....In short, it is everything that a reader could ask for."
"Review" by , "If the true test of a work on the Civil War is to add something new to the established canon, Jeff Shaara's The Last Full Measure is a failure....Although it is billed as a novel written by a storyteller and not a historian, it straddles that hazy no man's land between fact and fiction — a dangerous zone for any author who insists on using real characters and actual events already much written about and enshrined in some very good biographies and histories."
"Review" by , "A worthy companion to its predecessors....These characters come alive as complex, heroic, and flawed men....You are with [Robert E.] Lee, a deeply religious man, as he first begins to wonder if the Confederate cause will prevail....You ride with [Ulysses S.] Grant to see the mounds of Union dead at Cold Harbor, and you share his sickening realization that thousands are dead because of his miscalculation....You are at [Joshua] Chamberlain's bedside as he fights to recover from nearly mortal wounds....Each book is masterful in its own way and taken together, they are unmatched in the body of Civil War literature."
"Review" by , "Impressively researched, this deeply affecting work can't be faulted for inaccuracy or lack of detail. But the occasionally coarse grain of Shaara's characterizations is a problem. Haunted by Stonewall Jackson's ghost, 56-year-old Lee frequently appears to be a semi-senile neurotic. Grant, more concerned about his supply of cigars than battle losses, comes across as a dolt. This tendency toward caricature notwithstanding, Shaara has produced a stirring epigraph to his father's remarkable novel."
"Review" by , "An ambitious work....[Shaara] writes with considerable sensitivity and skill, setting vivid scenes and adding drama and suspense to a familiar tale."
"Review" by , "Shaara's battle episodes nicely balance an admirable grasp of strategy with an understanding of the war's horror and cost. While it's hard to see how the younger Shaara's books offer anything new as either fiction or history on the subject, their swift pace and great accuracy do make for a vivid — and sometimes moving — review of a defining moment in American history."
"Review" by , "A work of maturity and courage....Jeff Shaara is no longer standing in the shadow of the father but shoulder-to-shoulder with him."
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERS

by

MICHAEL SHAARA and JEFF SHAARA

 

THE CIVIL WAR TRILOGY

GODS AND GENERALS

THE KILLER ANGELS

THE LAST FULL MEASURE

“Brilliant does not even begin to describe the Shaara gift.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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