Historical Context

The American Civil War pitted the United States federal government, under President Abraham Lincoln, against a group of initially seven...

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The Killer Angels Literary Style

Recurring Metaphor
The title of the book points to a metaphor that recurs in the book. Before the first battle, Buford...

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The Killer Angels Literary Techniques

Shaara's mastery of the short story may have contributed to the unusual format he used in The Killer Angels. He divided the novel into...

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The Killer Angels Social Concerns

As Shaara presents it in The Killer Angels, the ultimate social disruption of civil war encompasses a broad spectrum of moral issues,...

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The Killer Angels Compare and Contrast

  • 1860s: Advances in weaponry lead to high casualty rates during the American Civil War. Muskets are deadly at ranges...

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The Killer Angels Topics for Further Study

Watch the movie Gettysburg and make a class presentation, using video clips, in which you discuss to what extent the main characters...

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The Killer Angels Literary Precedents

Readers often compare Shaara's fiction to Hemingway's; the similarity lies more in a curious combination of outwardly raw physical courage...

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The Killer Angels Related Titles

Jeff M. Shaara, Michael's son, has written the prequel to The Killer Angels, entitled Gods and Generals (1996). Jeff Shaara...

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The Killer Angels Adaptations

During his life, Shaara had worked intermittently at a screenplay version of The Killer Angels, but he never completed it. Although in...

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The Killer Angels Media Adaptations

The Killer Angels was adapted by Turner Pictures and aired as the television miniseries Gettysburg, in 1993.

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The Killer Angels What Do I Read Next?

The Last Full Measure: A Novel (1998), by Jeff Shaara, takes up the story of what happened after the Battle of Gettysburg. Shaara, who...

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The Killer Angels Bibliography and Further Reading

Sources
Adams, Phoebe, Review of The Killer Angels, in Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 234, No. 4, October 1974,...

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The Killer Angels Bibliography

(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Coddington, Edwin B. The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command. New York: Scribner’s, 1968. A thorough, insightful, and judicious account of the battle.

Connelly, Thomas Lawrence. The Marble Man: Robert E. Lee and His Image in American Society. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. Psychohistory intended to counter the hagiography attached to Lee’s memory.

Freeman, Douglas Southall. R. E. Lee: A Biography. 4 vols. New York: Scribner’s, 1934-1935. The classic biography of Lee, supplemented but not replaced by works such as Connelly’s.

Luvas, Jay, and Harold W. Nelson,...

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