Thursday, March 06, 2008
23. "The Killer Angels" - Michael Shaara
Are you an American? Over the age of 16? Read this book or I shall be disappointed in you.
The four days of and surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg are told through the eyes of Union and Rebel Major Generals. While fictitious in form, the technique is flawless. This book is about the decisions and how friendships and honor are shown on the battlefield.
In particular, Lawrence Chamberlain is a fascinating figure. At one point he questions, "What if it is you who is wrong after all?" These strong leaders, these men of power were once boys at West Point. Now fighting each other, it is a war of respectful engagement.
Winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this is one of my new favorite books.
4.8 out of 5.0 Blue Martinis.