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The Last Full Measure: A Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy) (urspr publ 1998; utgåvan 1999)

av Jeff Shaara (Författare)

Serier: Civil War trilogy (3)

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The last year of the Civil War as seen by the two commanding generals, Grant and Lee. The novel is the final volume in a trilogy, begun by the author's father with The Killer Angels. In the Pulitzer prize-winning classic The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the finest Civil War novel of our time, an enduring bestseller that has sold more than two million copies. In the bestselling Gods and Generals, Shaara's son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father's vision, telling the epic story of the events culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg. Now, Jeff Shaara brings this legendary father-son trilogy to its stunning conclusion in a novel that brings to life the final two years of the Civil War. As The Last Full Measure opens, Gettysburg is past and the war advances to its third brutal year. On the Union side, the gulf between the politicians in Washington and the generals in the field yawns ever wider. Never has the cumbersome Union Army so desperately needed a decisive, hard-nosed leader. It is at this critical moment that Lincoln places Ulysses S. Grant in command, and turns the tide of war. For Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg was an unspeakable disaster, compounded by the shattering loss of the fiery Stonewall Jackson two months before. Lee knows better than anyone that the South cannot survive a war of attrition. But with the total devotion of his generals; Longstreet, Hill, Stuart, and his unswerving faith in God, Lee is determined to fight to the bitter end. Here too is Joshua Chamberlain, the college professor who emerged as the Union hero of Gettysburg, and who will rise to become one of the greatest figures of the Civil War. Battle by staggering battle, Shaara dramatizes the escalating confrontation between Lee and Grant, complicated, heroic, deeply troubled men. From the costly Battle of the Wilderness to the agonizing siege of Petersburg to Lee's epoch-making surrender at Appomattox, Shaara portrays the riveting conclusion of the Civil War through the minds and hearts of the individuals who gave their last full measure. Full of human passion and the spellbinding truth of history, The Last Full Measure is the fitting capstone to a magnificent literary trilogy.… (mer)
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Titel:The Last Full Measure: A Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)
Författare:Jeff Shaara (Författare)
Info:Ballantine Books (1999), 576 pages
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Enlightening

This novel, well-written and engaging, brings a level of understanding of the participants of the Virginia campaigns in 1864-5 that cannot be gotten from reading the historical accounts of the engagements. The effort to comprehend the sheer numbers of the casualties while reading historical accounts of Civil War battles has often left me with questions. Why did they do it? Where did these men find such motivation? How could they continue for so long? Good historical fiction can fill these gaps. Jeff Shara has provided much understanding with "The Last Full Measure." It is engaging, suspenseful and compassionate. I highly recommend it. ( )
  Chipa | Apr 2, 2021 |
This is a great book. Jeff Shaara does a good job with this book. It is not as good as Killer Angels but I think it is better than God's and Generals. ( )
  mcsp | Jan 25, 2021 |
Like the first two in the trilogy,this is a good book with pieces of brilliance and bits of dullness. The latter, military maneuvers, mean little unless you can walk the ground. The novel features Grant, Lee and Chamberlain--covers post Gettysburg to Appomattox.. An enjoyable book and satisfying finish. ( )
  buffalogr | Feb 27, 2020 |
Much like the first two in the trilogy (Gods & Generals, Killer Angels) this is a mostly solid book with pieces of brilliance and bits of dull military maneuvers.

I truly believe if I was a hardcore fan of the American Civil War, a huge history buff, this entire series would be a dream - the amount of research gone into the story is insane, the real life combat situations were educational and entertaining to read about, the characters felt real, the motivations and inner thoughts ranged from funny, to heartwarming, to tragic. I truly felt completely encompassed in both sides' psyches and I didn't expect that at the outset.

The ending is particularly poignant, with Chamberlain visiting Little Round Top made me tear up a bit. Shaara hits a lot of great notes, and I believe he improved from Gods & Generals.

The meetup of the surrender is a worthy climax. When Grant and Lee step into the same room, the book seems to shake and I felt how momentous the occasion was - amazing how historical fiction can make a meeting that took place over 150 years ago reverberate to a Canadian in 2019 in such a powerful way.

Still puzzled at the lack of inclusion of talk about slavery; it's mentioned piecemeal, and the story is about the Generals who are more focused on winning the War, rather than the politics behind it.

Overall, a terrific series, if overlong. The father/son author combo is a tremendous touch. ( )
  hskey | Sep 28, 2019 |
The final book in the Shaara civil war trilogy changes the tone and approach slightly from the previous novels, but is still a compelling and worthwhile read.

The previous 2 books, (Gods and Generals and Gettysburg) alternate between many different stories from several perspectives. This book focuses primarily on General Grant and General Lee, with some General Chamberlain thrown in for flavor.

As with the other books, this novel does a great job of getting to the humanity of the characters it follows. Unlike the other books, this one also jumps into some no-name (fictional?) soldiers for dramatic perspectives on critical events.

As with the rest of the trilogy, this book doesn't spend a lot of time on logistics or nuts and bolts matters of battles. While having a background with the battles covered isn't necessary to enjoy the book, I think that knowledge greatly enhances the experience.

The trilogy as a whole isn't just for Civil War or history buffs; I think the human aspects of the story could appeal to anyone who simply likes good human drama. That being said, I think this is a great addition to a list of must read books for students of the Civil War, and even the most well-versed among us will likely learn something about the conflicts.

My one real criticism is that the book seems to dedicate more pages to some smaller, less consequential battles than it does to other more consequential ones.

And I was amazed at how much action occurred during the final sieges. Several attacks and counterattacks over a several month period...the final struggle was more intense than I imagined.

Overall, I highly recommend this book, and this trilogy, to civil war aficionados and fans of human drama who are interested in a unique and consequential setting for their stories. ( )
  McCarthys | Jan 30, 2019 |
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The last year of the Civil War as seen by the two commanding generals, Grant and Lee. The novel is the final volume in a trilogy, begun by the author's father with The Killer Angels. In the Pulitzer prize-winning classic The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the finest Civil War novel of our time, an enduring bestseller that has sold more than two million copies. In the bestselling Gods and Generals, Shaara's son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father's vision, telling the epic story of the events culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg. Now, Jeff Shaara brings this legendary father-son trilogy to its stunning conclusion in a novel that brings to life the final two years of the Civil War. As The Last Full Measure opens, Gettysburg is past and the war advances to its third brutal year. On the Union side, the gulf between the politicians in Washington and the generals in the field yawns ever wider. Never has the cumbersome Union Army so desperately needed a decisive, hard-nosed leader. It is at this critical moment that Lincoln places Ulysses S. Grant in command, and turns the tide of war. For Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg was an unspeakable disaster, compounded by the shattering loss of the fiery Stonewall Jackson two months before. Lee knows better than anyone that the South cannot survive a war of attrition. But with the total devotion of his generals; Longstreet, Hill, Stuart, and his unswerving faith in God, Lee is determined to fight to the bitter end. Here too is Joshua Chamberlain, the college professor who emerged as the Union hero of Gettysburg, and who will rise to become one of the greatest figures of the Civil War. Battle by staggering battle, Shaara dramatizes the escalating confrontation between Lee and Grant, complicated, heroic, deeply troubled men. From the costly Battle of the Wilderness to the agonizing siege of Petersburg to Lee's epoch-making surrender at Appomattox, Shaara portrays the riveting conclusion of the Civil War through the minds and hearts of the individuals who gave their last full measure. Full of human passion and the spellbinding truth of history, The Last Full Measure is the fitting capstone to a magnificent literary trilogy.

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