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Cain at Gettysburg

Format:  Hardcover,

429 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Feb 2012

ISBN-13: 9780765330475

ISBN-10: 0765330474

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Winner of the American Library Association's W. Y. Boyd Award for Excellence in Military Fiction
Two mighty armies blunder toward each other, one led by confident, beloved Robert E. Lee and the other by dour George Meade. They'll meet in a Pennsylvania crossroads town where no one planned to fight.

In this sweeping, savagely realistic novel, the greatest battle ever fought on American soil explodes into life at Gettysburg. As generals squabble, staffs err. Tragedy unfolds for immigrants in blue and barefoot Rebels alike. The fate of our nation will be decided in a few square miles of fields.

Following a tough Confederate sergeant from the Blue Ridge, a bitter Irish survivor of the Great Famine, a German political refugee, and gun crews in blue and gray, "Cain at Gettysburg" is as grand in scale as its depictions of combat are unflinching.

For three days, battle rages. Through it all, James Longstreet is haunted by a vision of war that leads to a fateful feud with Robert E. Lee. Scheming Dan Sickles nearly destroys his own army. Gallant John Reynolds and obstreperous Win Hancock, fiery William Barksdale and dashing James Johnston Pettigrew, gallop toward their fates....

There are no marble statues on this battlefield, only men of flesh and blood, imperfect and courageous. From "New York Times" bestselling author and former U.S. Army officer Ralph Peters, "Cain at Gettysburg" is bound to become a classic of men at war.

Specifications

Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Feb 2012
ISBN-13: 9780765330475
ISBN-10: 0765330474
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 429
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 9780765330475

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-04-01)

Gettysburg has become the best-known and perhaps most critical battle of the Civil War owing to its implications and the terrible casualties. The characters' points of view on both sides range from immigrant privates and ridge-runner sergeants to that of famous generals George Meade, Daniel Sickles, James Longstreet, and Robert E. Lee. The reader experiences the difficulty of marching through the mud and heat to the gut-wrenching fear of close combat.

Verdict: Incredibly well written and researched, this title should enter the ranks of a classic. Peter Berkrot's narration evokes emotion and a sense of a difficult bygone era. Hauntingly reminiscent of Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels, Peters's book is highly recommended.

- Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib.

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2012-01-01)

Cain slew only his brother Abel in the Bible, but in this gritty, moody retelling of America's bloodiest domestic battle, everyone is Cain. The story arc covers the six days of the convergence of the Union and Confederate armies at Gettysburg. Peters (The Officers' Club) switches his narrative back and forth between grunt and general, between Rebel and Yankee, giving a variety of personal responses to the battle preparations and their execution.

Although the war is brutal, Peters goes overboard in spots in his effort to convey how crude life on the battlefield and in 1863 America really was. The personality quirks assigned to the generals make one wonder how even Robert E. Lee made it as far as this pivotal moment, let alone his assistants and opponents.

Verdict: The best work of fiction about Gettysburg remains Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. Peters's latest novel will have some short-lived interest among Civil War buffs, but it is too introspective and too raw in many places to make it worth rereading.

-W. Keith McCoy, Somerset Cty. Lib. Syst., Bridgewater, NJ

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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