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
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.
Hardback, 576 pages, 6x9, 1998, $27.95.