"The book is concise, sprightly, and full of personality...When readers have finished this book, the only way they can know Gettysburg better is by going there." (School Library Journal)
"McPherson so articulately injects reminders of what the Civil War was about as to display the crystalline style that has made him one of our finest Civil War historians." (Booklist)
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By William on 05-01-04
Nice for what it is.
Had I never been to Gettysburg I don't think this book would have kept my interest. You need a visual image to relate to as the author takes you around the battlefield so I would recommend this to those who have at least a general knowledge of the battle or have visited the battlefield. The author does a nice job disposing of some myths and discussing some of the controversies in a consice manner so that in a relatively short listen he is able to be fairly comprehensive.
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By David M. on 03-09-08
Good Intro to Gettysburg
If you are looking for a book to introduce you to Gettysberg, this is a good one. It balances anecdotes, 'myths', and background data with a solid day by day recitation of critical events. It doesn't get bogged down in unit designations, commander's names, and other 'enthusiast' minutiae.
There are plenty of other books that go into the rich detail which many of us love. But before you dive in to that level, you have to know the basic geography and chronology of what happened. So again, this book or Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields' (either the Gettysburg excerpt or the entire book) are a find place to start.
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