Gone for Soldiers

  • by Jeff Shaara
  • Narrated by George Hearn
  • 6 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With his acclaimed New York Times best sellers Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, Jeff Shaara expanded upon his father's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels. Now Shaara carries us back to a time when the Civil War's most familiar names are fighting for another cause, as junior officers in an unfamiliar land, experiencing combat for the first time in the Mexican-American War. In March 1847, the U.S. Navy delivers 8,000 soldiers on the beaches of Vera Cruz. They are led by the army's commanding general, Winfield Scott, a heroic veteran. At his right hand is Robert E. Lee, a 40-year-old engineer who has never seen combat. Scott leads his troops against the imperious Mexican dictator, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. It becomes clear that the final conflict will occur at the gates and fortified walls of the ancient capital, Mexico City. Cut off from communication and their only supply line, the Americans learn about their enemy, themselves, and the horror of war. While Scott must weigh his own place in history, fighting what many consider a bully's war, Lee becomes a hero.

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What the Critics Say

"Brilliant does not even begin to describe the Shaara gift. Thank Gods and Generals that it was passed from father to son." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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Great book about a little know time in history

In this book you will not only learn about the events of the Mexican-American war, you will learn about the people who fought the war; specificially, about many of the men who would become the great generals of the Civil war.
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- Michael

Gone for Soldiers

This is must reading for anyone who wants more information on some of the most famous soldiers in our history. In listening to this book I could not help but think that with the position we are in today with Iraq history always seems to repeat itself. I listened to Gods and Generals and am now listening to Killer Angels. I am enjoying this author and his father very much.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-10-2000
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio