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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pritzker Military Library Presents: Jeff Shaara

Pritzker Military Library | Jeff Shaara

Two years ago, after discovering my Civil War ancestor, I enrolled in a two part course on the Civil War at the College of DuPage, wanting to know if it really was "The War of Northern Agression". Required reading included tens of articles, James McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom (1988), Killer Angels (1974), which was later adapted to film as Gettysburg (2000), and Gods & Generals (1996), the story of the Battle of Chancellorsville.

The other day, on www.wycc.org, I stumbled on a rebroadcast of a Pritzer Military Library interview of Jeff Shaara. Shaara is the New York Times best-selling author of several military trilogies. His father, Michael Shaara, is/was the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Killer Angels , a fictional but very readable account of the three bloodiest days of the Civil War.

Almost 80 minutes long, Shaara gives the backstory that makes his father's and his writing careers so fascinating. Who knew that Jacques Cousteau was a Civil War buff?! Checkout this riveting interview at Pritzker Military Library | Jeff Shaara.

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