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Can anyone recommend a good Gettysburg book? I saw 3 on Amazon, hard to choose. I would like a known author if possible.
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Novel or Historical?
 
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"Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara
 
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I like Bruce Catton: Gettysburg: The Final Fury.
 
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I like Bruce Catton: Gettysburg: The Final Fury.


This would be my second choice for a nonfiction historical book.
 
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"Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara

I'll second this one, it's not long but interesting. It used tone required reading for all US Army military intelligence officers.




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Shelby Foote's book is the best. I have read both his and Bruce Catton's book.


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Novel or Historical?



Historical.
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Thanks to this discussion I just ordered Shelby Foote's book.
 
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I've lost track on how many I've read. I seem to get something different from each.
Anything by Shelby Foote
Gettysburg - Stephen W. Sears
Hallowed Ground - James M. McPherson
Gettysburg, The Last Invasion - Allen Guelzo
Gettysburg, A Testing of Courage - Noah Andre Trudeau



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Ed Bearss is a legendary NPS historian who for decades has led must-be-there walking tours of Gettyburg. I missed the opportunity for one when working in Virginia, and I really regret it.
He has written a book covering Vicksburg and Gettysburg, called Receding Tide. It's very well reviewed on Amazon--but don't buy the Kindle as per one reviewer you can't read the maps.


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I've read all the books mentioned. Sharra's and Footes' books are okay if you want to be entertained. I consider Guelzo's to be a benchmark. He is (or was) a history professor in Gettysburg, and his knowledge of the terrain and its influence on military tactics shows.

If you're going to read just one, read Guelzo's.
 
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"One Continuos Fight" by P.Wittenberg, D.Petruzzi, and M.Nugent. This book covers Lee's retreat from Gettysburg. It's balanced and detailed, and explains how the ANVa "got away".
 
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Long considered the bible, The Gettysburg Campaign A Study in Command by Edwin B Coddington. In my personal library I have thirty and some odd books on the subject of Gettysburg. One recent book questions conventional wisdom: Barksdale Charge The True High Tide of the Confederacy at Gettysburg July 2,1863.
 
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"Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara


Absolutely. Most excellent.

A mix of accurate strategy/tactics along with various specific individual traits that create real guidance and effects in the course of unfolding events.

Shelby Foote could really communicate what it was to be a southerner at that time. But he told it all very well from both perspectives.

I cannot believe how good this book was, mainly because it was required reading for a history course. I lent it to my two best friends and it is, to date, the only book purchased at a college bookstore that I ever did that with. They loved it as much as I did.
 
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reading this now. Excellent!
 
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I am really liking Shelby Foote. What should I read next from him?
 
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In our house it was ‘The Killer Angels’. When people are going to visit Gettysburg and are short on time, I suggest the movie ‘Gettysburg’ with Sam Elliot and Jeff Daniels.
 
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Finished Stars in Their Courses, and just finished Killing Angels yesterday. Has anyone walked Longstreet's long march?

if you follow this bing image search: longstreet's long march, there's some great shots.

 
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