Item #185 The Killer Angels. Michael Shaara.

The Killer Angels

"The best and most realistic historical novel about war that I have ever read."–General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

"A book that changed my life . . . I had never visited Gettysburg, knew almost nothing about that battle before I read the book, but here it all came alive.” –Ken Burns

FIRST EDITION of Michael Shaara's Pulitzer-prize winning novel about the battle of Gettysburg.

"Reflecting on an extraordinary experience with his family visiting the battlefield at Gettysburg, Michael became obsessed with telling the story of that momentous event through the eyes of the main characters themselves, something that had never been done. After seven years, the manuscript for The Killer Angels was completed... To Michael's disappointment, The Killer Angels was rejected by the first fifteen publishers who saw the manuscript. Finally, in 1973, it was bought by the small independent publisher, The David McKay Company, who was subsequently bought by Random House... [The] novel received very little attention, and mixed reviews, thus it was a shock to both Michael and the literary community when the announcement was made that The Killer Angels had been awarded the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction" (Jeff Shaara).

New York: David McKay, 1974. Original blue cloth, original dust jacket. A little foxing to text block edges, dust jacket with thin impression lines, mostly to rear panel, visible in raking light. Dust jacket unusually bright with no fading.

Price: $2,400 .

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