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Shaara wrote many short stories before his first novel, The Broken Place (1968), which presents the experiences of a Korean War veteran. The Killer Angels is Shaara’s masterpiece. More artistically written and more deeply meaningful than most Civil War romances, The Killer Angels won a Pulitzer Prize for Shaara and later served as the basis for the epic 1993 film Gettysburg. After Shaara’s death, his son Jeff found the manuscript of a baseball novel in his father’s papers and published it posthumously as For Love of the Game (1991). Jeff Shaara went on to write two companion novels to The Killer Angels: Gods and Generals (1996), which begins the trilogy, and The Last Full Measure (1998), which concludes it.

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