Synopses & Reviews
Widely regarded as today"s preeminent historian of the Civil War"s eastern theater, Stephen W. Sears has delivered a masterwork in Gettysburg, his single-volume history of that war"s greatest campaign. Sears brings the epic tale of the battle in Pennsylvania vividly to life. 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 brilliantly brings to light General Meade"s remarkable performance in his ﬁrst week of army command and pinpoints General Lee"s responsibility for the agonizing failure of the Confederate army.
"A first-class writer and splendid historian--a combination to be cherished--gives us the best book on America's most famous battle." The Wall Street Journal
'\"A first-class writer and splendid historian--a combination to be cherished--gives us the best book on America\'s most famous battle.\"'
A masterful, single-volume history of the Civil War's greatest campaign.
Drawing on original source material, from soldiers' letters to official military records of the war, Stephen W. Sears's Gettysburg is a remarkable and dramatic account of the legendary campaign. He takes particular care in his study of the battle's leaders and offers detailed analyses of their strategies and tactics, depicting both General Meade's heroic performance in his first week of army command and General Lee's role 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.
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's 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's famously accessible style will make the book just as appealing to the general reader. In short, this is the one book on Gettysburg that anyone interested in the Civil War should own.
Winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award: A novel of Paris in the 1930s from the eyes of the Vietnamese cook employed by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, by the author of The Sweetest Fruits.
Viewing his famous mesdames and their entourage from the kitchen of their rue de Fleurus home, Binh observes their domestic entanglements while seeking his own place in the world. In a mesmerizing tale of yearning and betrayal, Monique Truong explores Paris from the salons of its artists to the dark nightlife of its outsiders and exiles. She takes us back to Binh's youthful servitude in Saigon under colonial rule, to his life as a galley hand at sea, to his brief, fateful encounters in Paris with Paul Robeson and the young Ho Chi Minh.
"An irresistible, scrupulously engineered confection that weaves together history, art, and human nature...a veritable feast." -- Los Angeles Times
"A debut novel of pungent sensuousness and intricate, inspired imagination...a marvelous tale." -- Elle
"Addictive...Deliciously written...Both eloquent and original." -- Entertainment Weekly
About the Author
STEPHEN W. SEARS is the author of many award-winning books on the Civil War, including Gettysburg and Landscape Turned Red. The New York Times Book Review has called him "arguably the preeminent living historian of the war's eastern theater." He is a former editor for American Heritage.