Michael Shaara was born in Jersey City in 1928 and graduated from Rutgers University in 1951. His early science fiction short stories were published inGalaxy magazine in 1952. He later began writing other works of fiction and published more than seventy short stories in many magazines, includingThe Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook. His first novel,The Broken Place, was published in 1968. But it was a simple family vacation to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1964 that gave him the inspiration for his greatest achievement, the Pulitzer Prizewinning novelThe Killer Angels, published in 1974. Michael Shaara went on to write two more novels,The Noah Conspiracy and For Love of the Game, which was published after his death in 1988.
My favorite historical novel . . . a superb re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg, but its real importance is its insight into what the war was about, and what it meant.James M. McPherson
In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nations history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Bright futures, untested innocence, and pristine beauty were also the casualties of war. Michael Shaaras Pulitzer Prizewinning masterpiece is unique, sweeping, unforgettablethe dramatic story of the battleground for Americas destiny.