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WWII Trilogy - Jeff Shaara | English | Historical Fiction | epub | mb | The Rising Tide No Less Than Victory The Steel Wave A modern master of. No Less Than Victory [electronic resource (EPUB eBook)] / Jeff Shaara. Victory is the crowning achievement in master storyteller Jeff Shaara's soaring World. Shaara, Jeffrey M. The Last Full Measure, , Adobe eBook, , Ballantine. Sidney, Philip Francis; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel, The ruling passion: A.

It recounted the Battle of Gettysburg and won the Pulitzer Prize. The second book written, entitled Gods and Generals, depicted the events leading to the Civil War and beyond to the Battle of Gettysburg. Grant was the only commander of the Army of the Potomac who understood what it took to conclude the war. Grant proceeded on the idea that in order to end the conflict he needed to ignore the capture of Richmond and instead utilize his superior numbers and defeat Robert E. Lee specifically, no matter what the cost in lives. As father of this brutal plan, however, Grant is portrayed contrary to the popular notions that he was a brusque, warmongering alcoholic. Instead, readers get a complex portrait of Grant as a man who, despite his personal failures and the bloody task assigned to him, was humble, sensitive, and sadly resigned to what he must do to preserve the Union. On the other hand, the extended portrait of Robert E.

Despite the fact that that they had been training for the assault, Grant orders the inexperienced black unit to instead support a white unit of veterans who will go in first. This proves costly because the veteran units, untrained in the logistics of this unusual assault, rush blindly ahead and become trapped in the crater left by the explosion. The black troops push forward and also become trapped. The Confederates, enraged by the presence of black troops, slaughter all the soldiers in the hole.

The losses total around 4, men. Grant is furious when he learns that General Burnside chose an inept man to lead the assault by drawing names out of a hat and resolves to soon relieve him of command. Lee receives word that Hood has lost Atlanta to Sherman.

General Ewell is defending Richmond with a small amount of Home Guard, but the Federal threat there has been small.. Lee understands that they do not really want Richmond, but the small attacks have forced him to send more men there to help with defense, and his own line is severely stretched over 26 miles. The federal advance has moved West and taken the Weldon Railroad, cutting off yet another Confederate supply line to Petersburg.

By November, , Grant sees his plan to stretch Lee out is working. Grant then receives word that Lincoln has been reelected and knows now the war will continue to the end. Longstreet has returned, but his right arm is paralyzed. Lee sends him to help defend Richmond. By early December, he receives word that Hood has also been defeated at Nashville and the Federals control another crucial railroad hub.

The armies have settled in for the winter, and Grant receives word that Sherman has captured Savannah for Christmas. Sherman is secretly ordered to move North, hiding his movements by forgoing supply lines and supplying himself as he goes from the land. His march North is reported in the papers as barbaric, that he is raping the land. Grant hears this and considers that they have all become barbaric to achieve their objectives, even the Southerners.

The South has employed the use of mines to defend Richmond and Savannah and mines kill with brutal anonymous efficiency. Grant understands this is yet another way that war has changed.

In February a delegation of Southern politicians meet with Lincoln to discuss their terms of surrender, but still insist on secession.

Lee, desperate for supplies, men, and experienced commanders, sends for Johnston and by March, many of the scattered forces of the Confederates have come together under him. Their plan is to trap Sherman in the swamp lands of the Carolinas and hurt him enough to draw Grant away to help. Lee has spread his defenses around Petersburg over 40 miles.

General George Pickett arrives and is chilly towards Lee. He blames Lee for the devastation of his troops at Gettysburg. Lee, in return, feels Pickett has lost the will to command, but he is desperately needed. Lee receives word that Sherman has captured the Port of Wilmington and Johnston can do little to stop his force of , men. The failed assault costs the Confederates 4, men. Sheridan has defeated Early in the Shenandoah valley, capturing most of his army, and cutting off more Confederate supply and communication links.

Sherman arrives, and he and Grant dine with Lincoln. Afterwards, Sherman confesses that he has changed his opinion of Lincoln, now respects him for being a forward thinker instead of a "bumpkin. He informs Sherman of his final plan to end the war.

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They charge and soon the fighting is hand to hand. Fresh Confederates arrive and they are driven back.

Chamberlain is thrown from his horse and knocked unconscious. He awakens and Griffin informs him that the men are holding the line, but the Confederates are reinforcing on their right. He returns to the fight and finds himself so far forward that he is surrounded by the enemy. He is so unrecognizable, covered in mud and blood, that he convinces them he is a Confederate officer and leads them in a charge towards his own men where they are captured. Griffin arrives with his artillery and the Confederates retreat to another, stronger defensive position.

The Federal opportunity to flank Lee is gone, and Chamberlain realizes now they must assault him directly rather than surround him to cut off the Southside Railroad supply.

Longstreet is wasted holding Richmond with a small force, and Lee needs him desperately. Sheridan is furious, but Chamberlain stands up to him and prevails as the Union soldiers take the Rebel works.

The fight breaks down into more confusion and Chamberlain organizes the men near him and leads them to victory. General A. Hill rides forward to investigate and is killed by two lost Federal soldiers.

Grant is attacking all along the line and Lee is forced to order the evacuation of Petersburg and move North across the Appomattox river.

He plans to move them towards North Carolina and force Grant to pursue, then strike him when he is vulnerable. Grant pursues Lee. He receives word that Richmond has been taken, that it was abandoned and nearly deserted. He is informed that Lee has set up defenses at Amelia, but he chooses to circle around Lee and cut off his escape rather than fight. He receives word that the new quartermaster has sent their food to Farmville, only 18 miles away. Lee finds himself in a race with the Federal cavalry for Farmville, his last hope.

As the Confederates are lining up for their first meal at Farmville, the trains pull away to avoid capture by the advancing Federals. He feels they can break the cavalry and prepares to attack at dawn. General Gordon respectfully returns the salute. Lee observes the surrender of his army and orders his men to also accept the terms.

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On April 14, back in Washington, Lincoln is pleased and invites Grant to attend the theater with him that evening. Grant declines, dining with his wife instead. He receives word that Lincoln has been assassinated and Grant understands that the last great hope for post war healing has died. On September 28, he sits to dinner with his family and suffers a stroke.

On October 12, , he passes away. By , after his unsuccessful presidency, Grant is stricken with throat cancer.

He endeavors to finish his memoirs for his publisher and friend, Samuel Clemens Mark Twain who visits him frequently. The legacy he strives to convey in his writing is for lasting peace.

In , Chamberlain returns to the battlefield at Gettysburg one final time to attend the 50th anniversary of the battle.

He visits Little Round Top alone, missing his wife Fannie who has died. He falls ill before he can attend the reunion and returns to Maine. He dies in , six months before the outbreak of World War I, as armies all over the world encounter the newer, efficient technology of war.

They can be mixed and matched or adapted for use in any combination. Verbal-Linguistic A. Assume the role of a newspaper reporter from either Washington or Richmond.

Prepare an interview of questions you would ask Lee or Grant following the war. Use material from the book as a basis for their answers.

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Compose a newspaper article reporting on the conclusion of the war for either a Washington or Richmond audience. Write a script dramatizing the surrender at Appomattox. Try and capture and express the emotions of all present Mathematical A. Graph federal and Confederate losses per battle in the novel. Use information given or research your own. Compose a detailed Venn Diagram using the Federal and Confederate armies, Lee and Grant, or any two pieces of data from the novel.

Kinesthetic A. Use students to represent Federal and Confederate forces and recreate, in order, the progression of the war from Gettysburg to Appomattox. Create a trivia, strategy, or card game that will help students remember the characters in the novel or review for a test.

In any medium, illustrate, sketch, paint, or sculpt a detailed key scene or scenes from the novel. Musical A. Compose a ballad related to people or events in the novel. Research music from the Civil War era for inspiration. Select a battle or event from the novel. Imagine you are a filmmaker and composer.

Storyboard the event s you would film and score the scene s. Find or compose musical selections that capture or evoke the emotions that would be present in your film.

Interpersonal A. Split the class into groups. Assign each group the following tasks to research and discuss. Brainstorm possible solutions.

Discuss and debate the potential solutions Select the best or most practical solution. Develop a plan, implement the solution. Accept suggestions from the class to modify the solution. Intrapersonal A. Students then select characters from the novel and report on how they embody one or more of the values. Consider the female characters and their roles as well. Before reading the novel, students can read the descriptions of the characters in the introduction and select one they feel is most like them.

They are to keep a journal as they read recording their feelings about and reactions to what occurs to their character or what their characters do.

Naturalist A. Have the class create a Civil War museum. Groups or individuals can create displays that instruct viewers about items, places, or events. Students can act as guides for other classes. Each display should include: An explanation of its relevance to people, places, or events. No Less Than Victory Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the twentieth century. The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation's most poignant chronicle of World War II.

With you-are-there immediacy, painstaking historical detail, and all-inclusive points of view, Shaara portrays the momentous and increasingly dramatic events that pulled America into the vortex of this monumental conflict. When 's ally Japan launches a stunning attack on Pearl Harbor, America is drawn into the war, fighting to hold back the Japanese conquest of the Pacific, while standing side-by-side with their British ally, the last hope for turning the tide of the war.

Through unforgettable battle scenes in the unforgiving deserts of North Africa and the rugged countryside of Sicily, Shaara tells this story through the voices of this conflict's most heroic figures, some familiar, some unknown. As British and American forces strike into the "soft underbelly" of Hitler's Fortress Europa, the new weapons of war come clearly into focus. In North Africa, tank battles unfold in a tapestry of dust and fire unlike any the world has ever seen.

In Sicily, the Allies attack their enemy with a barely tested weapon: As battles rage along the coasts of the Mediterranean, the momentum of the war begins to shift, setting the stage for the massive invasion of , at a seaside resort called Normandy.

More than an unprecedented and intimate portrait of those who waged this astonishing global war, The Rising Tide is a vivid gallery of characters both immortal and unknown:

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