The Last Full Measure

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The Last Full Measure

By Jeff Shaara

Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345425485, 576pp.

Publication Date: April 27, 1999

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.

About the Author
Jeff Shaarais theNew York Timesbestselling author ofA Chain of Thunder, A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, andGone for Soldiers, as well asGods and GeneralsandThe Last Full Measure two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father s Pulitzer Prize winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University. He lives in Gettysburg."

Praise For The Last Full Measure

“Riveting . . . vivid . . . brilliantly depicted.”—Chicago Tribune

The Last Full Measure is more than another historical novel. It is rooted in history, but its strength is the element of humanity flowing through its characters. . . . The book is compelling, easy to read, well researched and written, and thought-provoking. . . . In short, it is everything that a reader could ask for.”—Chicago Tribune

“Masterful . . . These characters come alive as complex, heroic, and flawed men.”—Baltimore Sun

“[Shaara] writes with considerable sensitivity and skill, setting vivid scenes and adding drama and suspense to a familiar tale.”—The Seattle Times
“Exhaustively researched, infused with a profound understanding of the great issues of a nation and the small quirks of the human heart.”—Newsday