Summer, 1863: The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured complete control of the Mississippi River from the Confederacy, cementing the reputation of Ulysses S. I struggled with this book. Their personal politics certainly come into play in any discussion of the Chattanooga campaign, given the tensions and shuffling of commanders, but Jeff has fallen into a pattern of the winning generals being virtuous and natural leaders while the losers are generally repellent and uninspiring. His conflict with James Longstreet and Nathan Bedford Forrest and. My final opinion would be to tell readers that this does not feel like his usual work. Grant's mission is clear: Break the Confederate siege and destroy Bragg's army. I say fiction, but the line is thin.
Some Chattanooga-related fiction to coincide with the anniversary of the battle…. This book deals with the war in the west. I haven't read the first 2 in the series so now I have to back track. From the Rebel ranks come Generals Bragg, Patrick Cleburne, and James Longstreet, as well as the legendary cavalry commander, Nathan Bedford Forrest. The primary voices from the Northern side include Generals Grant, William T. Throughout the text, there are page long paragraphs describing the thoughts of the commanders and soldiers; all of this is not needed in a book about a campaign. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Thomas' turn to constantly admire Ulyss with a lover's eyes. A tale of history played out on a human scale in the grand Shaara tradition, The Smoke at Dawn vividly recreates the climactic months of the war in the West, when the fate of a divided nation truly hangs in the balance. Farther east, the Federal army under the command of William Rosecrans captures the crucial rail hub at Chattanooga. Grant s mission is clear: Break the Confederate siege and destroy Bragg s army. Sure, there are battles going on which he details but not from a minute standpoint but from an overall prospective and how it plays into the lives of the participants.
I have read all of Shaara's books and have never found fault with any of them. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Criminology. One of the principal characters on the southern side is General Claiborne along with Bragg and General Hardee. Readers of Civil War fiction will find The Smoke at Dawn most attractive. There has been a drift in the style and scope of Jeff Shaara's novels toward more politics and repeating characters and more sweeping vistas and campaign length episodes.
Blending evocative historical detail with searing depictions of battle, Jeff Shaara immerses readers in the world of commanders and common soldiers, civilians and statesmen. Rosecrans is relieved of his command by Grant, who brings Sher This book deals with the war in the west. But his Western books disappointed me a bit see my reviews of , his novel about Shiloh, and , his novel about the siege of Vicksburg. This latest work is another faultless addition to this author's body of work. On the opposite side General Braxton Bragg, is really not doing anything except watching the North digging in, in front of Chattanooga.
The focus in on Chattanooga, and more specifically the battle of Mission Ridge. Penned up, with their supply lines severed, the Federal army seems doomed to the same kind of defeat that plagued the Confederates at Vicksburg. I read over and over his letters in the Missouri History Center in St. From the Union side come the voices of Generals Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and George Thomas the vaunted Rock of Chickamauga as well as the young private Fritz Dutchie Bauer. Self-effacing, deliberate in his preparations and actions, he will be criticized by his more famous contemporaries for his attention to detail that, while successful, doesn't allow for a rapid advance against the enemy.
But the Confederate forces are not yet defeated. Those who have followed my reviews of the tetralogy will know that I thoroughly enjoy all that Shaara has to say. Shaara is an excellent storyteller and each chapter is told through the viewpoint of different characters ranging from generals, to officers, to enlisted men. Farther east, the Federal army under the command of William Rosecrans captures the crucial rail hub at Chattanooga. As it was with his other novels, this book centers on a series of characters and their points of view which is a formula which has worked for him in the pas I have been a fan of Jeff Shaara for some time now and was quite excited when he announced a return to the Civil War. But after a while, his writing tics began to grate on me. These two places had been ignored by Rosecrans in his retreat.
My first impression of The Smoke at Dawn mirrored that of Blaze of Glory: a slow start. I love history and have very much enjoyed the great historical works of Foote and Catton among others. His distrust of his senior officers is portrayed as justified. Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination. I would usually say whether or not I recommend this book. Shaara's writing is both informative and highly intense, exemplifying his research abilities and how he chooses to communicate this in his fiction writing. Cleburne is portrayed as a very competent commander and is given very difficult assignments for his troubles.