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Gods and Generals

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 10:20 AM
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I choose Jeffrey Shaara’s, God’s and Generals because of it’s fame as a book the portrays the American Civil War as a war with no good guys or bad guys. It puts more focus on the individual and their personal dilemmas, which I will elaborate more on in the summary of the books contents. I like to see the war from the Confederate States perspective, not the Confederate States as the villains, but as people who had their beliefs for their own reasons. I think that this is a great way to learn about American History and enjoy the time spent doing so. I find that I have a much better understanding of the American Civil War now that I have read it. This book holds it’s place as a must read for anyone wanting to learn more about the American Civil War without picking up a textbook. It claims a place as an important fiction book about our countries roots. One thing I may never understand even after reading this book is how they justified slavery, but I must admit I have never been in their shoe. From what I had heard about this book from my family and friends, this would be as close as I could get to walk in their shoes. Maybe instead of shoes, I should say their ankle-high Jefferson boots.

The American Civil War, this was the military conflict between the United States of America, also known as the Union, and the Confederacy who were the 11 secessionist Southern states, named the Confederate States of America. The American Civil War came about as the result of four decades of intense sectional conflict and it reflected deep-rooted economic, social, and political differences between the North and the South. From what I hear, there have been many books written on this subject known as our first modern war. These books have tried describing how over 620,000 men were killed in the harshness of battle. The author, Jeff Shaara takes it to the next level and explores the personal conflicts of four historical figures, two from either side of the war. Robert E. Lee,...

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