Shiloh

Shiloh

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Overview

This fictional re-creation of the battle of Shiloh in April 1862 is a stunning work of imaginative history, from Shelby Foote, beloved historian of the Civil War.  Shiloh conveys not only the bloody choreography of Union and Confederate troops through the woods near Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, but the inner movements of the combatants’ hearts and minds.  Through the eyes of officers and illiterate foot soldiers, heroes and cowards, Shiloh creates a dramatic mosaic of a critical moment in the making of America, complete to the haze of gunsmoke and the stunned expression in the eyes of dying men.
 
Shiloh, which was hailed by The New York Times as “imaginative, powerful, filled with precise visual details…a brilliant book” fulfills the standard set by Shelby Foote’s monumental three-part chronical of the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679735427
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1991
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 190,076
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Shelby Foote was an American historian and novelist.  He was born on November 7, 1916 in Greenville, Mississippi, and attended school there until he entered the University of North Carolina. During World War II he served as a captain of field artillery but never saw combat. After World War II he worked briefly for the Associated Press in their New York bureau. In 1953 he moved to Memphis, where he lived for the remainder of his life.

Foote was the author of six novels: Tournament, Follow Me Down, Love in a Dry Season, Shiloh, Jordan County, and September, September. He is best remembered for his 3-volume history The Civil War: A Narrative, which took twenty years to complete and resulted in his being a featured expert in Ken Burns' acclaimed PBS documentary, "The Civil War". Over the course of his writing career, Foote was also awarded three Guggenheim fellowships.

Shelby Foote died in 2005 at the age of 88.

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Shiloh 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good read. Terrific first novel by a man who would later leave us the best overall treatment of the Civil War yet produced. When I read 'Shiloh' a couple of years ago, I couldn't help but notice the similarity in the the way Michael and later Jeff Shaara used Foote's literary device of rotating between the perspectives of Union and Confederate, officer and enlisted man throughout the narrative. This is a very effective way to tell a story and the readability of such books as 'Killer Angels' and ' Gods & Generals' seems to have evolved from observance of Foote's methodology.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a college class of mine and highly enjoyed reading it. This is one of few books that has ever kept my attention for an extended period of time. I would encourage anyone of any age to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read a book for english. After picking this book and reading it, I learned how amazing the battle of shiloh was. it's the first english book I haven't hated reading!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fast paced, page turning book that kept me going and going. It was a great book that gave insight to what it was like to fight in the battle of Shiloh!
Mahuenga More than 1 year ago
So good I've read it three times.
tymfos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
He said books about war were written to be read by God Amighty, because no one but God ever saw it that way. A book about war, to be read by men, ought to tell what each of the twelve of us saw in our own little corner. Then it would be the way it was -- not to God but to us. (from Chapter 6 of Shiloh)The above passage explains beautifully what Foote was doing when he wrote this book: he was writing a book the way it was for the men who were fighting, a book for people to read. Foote writes with the voices of various participants on both sides of the battle, giving us the limited perspective of each one, deftly (but subtly) guiding the different narrators across one anothers' paths -- or across the paths of individuals about whom other narrators have written -- to provide a sense of what it was like to be in the battle. There is no "bird's eye view" (or "God's eye view") of the battle as a whole, just the experiences of different participants and the limited knowledge they were able to obtain about what was going on at the time, but woven together to create an overall impression of the battle.The writing is superb, the descriptions vivid and gripping. I've read a lot about the Civil War, but by the time I finished this novel, I had a fresh appreciation what it must have been like to be a participant in battle.A rare 5-star book!
msf59 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Foote is a born and bred Mississippian and he's a much touted historian of the Civil War, thanks to his monumental three-volume narrative of the C.W. (which I have still not broached). Here he turns to fiction and does a wonderful job expressing the horrors of war, through several different "Voices", from soldiers, both North and South.This passage describes the aftermath of an confrontation, witnessed by a young rifleman in the 6th Mississippi:"Our faces were gray, the color of ashes. Some had powder burns red on their cheeks and foreheads and running back into singed patches in their hair. Mouths were rimmed with grime from biting cartridges, mostly a long smear down one corner, and hands were blackened with burnt powder off the ramrods. We'd aged a lifetime since the sun came up."Highly recommended!
Griff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The chaos, horror, and carnage of war from multiple perspectives during the battle at Shiloh. The issue of North versus South is almost irrelevant to Foote's novel, rather he focuses on each character at the individual level - what each brings to the battle, what each witnesses and experiences, and what each carries with him after. Well told. History comes alive masterfully, one of Shelby Foote's great contributions to our understanding of the Civil War.
loafhunter13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
-Shiloh warrants praise, for while it is a powerful novel- a spare, unrelenting account of two days of the battle in April 1862- it is also a stunning work of imaginative history, conveying not only the bloody choreography of Union and Confederate troops through the woods near Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, but the inner movements of the combatants¿ hearts and minds. Through the eyes of officers and illiterate foot soldiers, heroes and cowards, Shiloh creates a dramatic mosaic of a critical moment in the making of America, complete to the haze of gun smoke and the stunned expression in the eyes of dying men. Foote¿s knowledge of the Civil War is incredibly and he manages to convey the facts of a dramatic moment in American history in a precise readable fashion. Even more amazing for a historian, he makes a moving, personable novel with all the characters having an understandable degree of humanity, something often missing from historical characters.
7debates on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite civil war era novels. Each chapter is another person's view of their part of the battle. I highly recommend this book. It captures the hell that was the battle of Shiloh.
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