The Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War's turning point, produced over 57,000 casualties, the largest number from the entire war that was itself America's bloodiest conflict. On the third day of fierce fighting, Robert E. Lee's attempt to invade the North came to a head in Pickett's Charge. The infantry assault, consisting of nine brigades of soldiers in a line that stretched for over a mile, resulted in casualties of over 50 percent for the Confederates and a huge psychological blow to Southern morale.
Pickett's Charge is a detailed analysis of one of the most iconic and defining events in American history. This book presents a much-needed fresh look, including the unvarnished truths and ugly realities, about the unforgettable story. With the luxury of hindsight, historians have long denounced the folly of Lee's attack, but this work reveals the tactical brilliance of a master plan that went awry. Special emphasis is placed on the common soldiers on both sides, especially the non-Virginia attackers outside of Pickett's Virginia Division. These fighters' moments of cowardice, failure, and triumph are explored using their own words from primary and unpublished sources. Without romance and glorification, the complexities and contradictions of the dramatic story of Pickett's Charge have been revealed in full to reveal this most pivotal moment in the nation's life.
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By paul hadfeild on 02-09-18
Another brown nosing for general Lee .
This book is a good listen and does dispel lots of the rubbish written about pickets charge backed up with evidence .
However allot of time is devoted to "the brilliant battle plan in lee's mind " at one point he says no evidence exsists of this two pincer attack !
This book is determined to push the legacy of general lee as the American napoloen well not only that he says over and over that he his better than Napoleon . Napoleon was not beaten by accident wellington Had never lost against napoleon 's forces and beat him the only time he came up against him .
The big glearing thing about this is where was general lee you get the impression he was sitting in a darkened room with his eyes shut throughout the whole battle maybe thinking about his amazing plan he didn't bother to tell everyone about as his artillery wasted all it's amo over three hours instead of the 15 minutes he had asked for !!and the rest of his plan didn't happen because of the generals under him at no point did he step in, and what plan survives contact with the enemy anyway ,were was lees flexibility ? he didn't have any because this amazing general had got rid of his artillery reserve and sent his caverlry off to act independently.
I am sorry but general Lee was not the god these books keep trying to tell us he was .
By Mark h on 20-01-18
Masterful In-depth and captivating
Though this book is very long it holds you with every chapter. It is very in depth with first hand accounts to put to rest over a century of myth and misunderstanding.
The story of Pickett’s Charge was only one part of a three day battle but was the defining moment of the battle and like many battles before was close to being a victory
Well worth the read and the narration is easy to listen to and the first hand accounts make the story come to life.
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By Kenneth M. on 11-09-16
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator is the only positive I can give this book. Unfortunately he was saddled with a terrible book
Any additional comments?
Tucker's work is one of the worst I have come across. I admire Lee as much the next guy but Tucker give's Douglas Southall Freeman a run for his money. His arguments should make most students of Civil War military history cringe. His writing style is an excellent example of how not to write a modern military history. I'm just glad I didn't spend the $$ for a hardback of this work. If I could have given less than one star I would have.
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By Ira S. Saposnik on 27-12-16
If Pickett had won, it still wouldn't be any good
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
perhaps a book actually covering the topic
What was most disappointing about Phillip Thomas Tucker PhD’s story?
excessively boring on a topic thought impossible
What didn’t you like about Eric Martin’s performance?
I suppose some of it is the stuff he's given to work with
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pickett's Charge?
Everything from the end of July 2 1863
Any additional comments?
it's not very good, and that means you won't like it
1 of 1 people found this review helpful