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.More
"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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History through the eyes of individuals
- Henry F. Ward
I think someone who could believe a 40 year old army captain, with 20+ years of experience interacting with his superiors, graduated from West Point, redirected the Mississippi River, built multiple forts down the Atlantic coast, etc. could be such a wimp, afraid of talking to superiors, embarrassed by compliments, and make such inane comments, would like it very much.
Anything written by a 5th grader with no talent. I could not finish this book. It was horrible.
Overall it was good, but his interpretation of the characters didn't ring true.
Most of them, but probably Santa Anna. I'm sure he was a nasty man, but he's a caricature in this book.
From what I've read about Trist, he could not be the Casper Milquetoast and shrinking violet that Shaara makes him out to be.
- Peri Duncan