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The Last Full Measure

Book 2, Civil War Trilogy

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In the Pulitzer prize–winning classic The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the finest Civil War novel of our time. The Last Full Measure tells the epic story of the events following the Battle of Gettysburg and brings to life the final two years of the Civil War. Jeff Shaara dramatizes the escalating confrontation between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant—complicated, heroic, and deeply troubled men. For Lee and his Confederate forces, Gettysburg has been an unspeakable disaster, but he is determined to fight to the bitter end; he faces Grant, the decisive, hard-nosed leader the Union army so desperately needs in order to turn the tide of the war. From the costly Battle of the Wilderness to the agonizing seize 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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jeff Shaara's Blaze of Glory.

Publishers Weekly Review

May 18, 1998 – Concluding the Civil War trilogy that began with his father Michael's Pulitzer-winning The Killer Angels, Shaara (Gods and Generals) chronicles Lee's retreat from Gettysburg and his valiant efforts to defend northern Virginia from Grant's superior, better-supplied forces. Seen alternately through the eyes of Lee, Grant and Maine abolitionist Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the narrative begins with the successful Union ambush at Bristoe Station in October 1863. It then details Lee's 18-month cat-and-mouse game as he outmaneuvers Grant, despite overwhelming odds and terrible deprivation, concludes with Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Impressively researched, this deeply affecting work can't be faulted for inaccuracy or lack of detail. But the occasionally coarse grain of Shaara's characterizations is a problem. Haunted by Stonewall Jackson's ghost, 56-year-old Lee frequently appears to be a semisenile neurotic. Grant, more concerned about his supply of cigars than battle losses, comes across as a dolt. This tendency toward caricature notwithstanding, Shaara has produced a stirring epigraph to his father's remarkable novel. Major ad/promo; first serial to Civil War Times Illustrated; BOMC and QPB alternates; author tour.

Customer Reviews

The Last Full Measure

This book is an excellent continuation of Jeff Shaara's use of principal characters to tell the history of the events. It combines humanity with the horrors of the last two years of the Civil War.

The Last Full Measure

Jeff Shaara's final book in this series is incredible..the last 2 years of the war is told in remarkable battle scenes. No other seires will ever compare to Jeff Shaara's civil war. From the start of the series to the end, I felt like I was apart of the battle's. Jeff and his father will go down in history as the best Civil war authors.

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The Last Full Measure
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: May 19, 1998
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 640 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, Civil War Trilogy
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