Gone for Soldiers

Gone for Soldiers

Large Print - 2000 | 1st large print ed.
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In Gone for Soldiers, Jeff Shaara carries us back 15 years before the momentous conflict he has so brilliantly chronicled, to a time when the Civil War's most familiar names are fighting for another cause, junior officers marching under the same flag in an unfamiliar land, experiencing combat for the first time in the Mexican-American War.

In March 1847, 8,000 soldiers landed on the beaches of Vera Cruz, led by the army's commanding general, Winfield Scott-a heroic veteran of the War of 1812, short tempered, vain, and nostalgic for the glories of his youth.  At his right hand is Robert E. Lee, a forty year-old engineer, a dignified, serious man who has never seen combat.

In vivid prose that illuminates the dark psychology of soldiers trapped behind enemy lines, Jeff Shaara brings to life the familiar characters, the stunning triumphs and soul-crushing defeats of this fascinating, long-forgotten war.

Baker & Taylor
Eight thousand marines land in Vera Cruz bound for a war against the Mexican army, including Winfield Scott, a general who made history in the War of 1812, and Robert E. Lee, a forty-year-old engineer as yet untested in battle.

Blackwell North Amer
In March 1847, the U.S. Navy delivers eight thousand soldiers on the beaches of Vera Cruz. They are led by the army's commanding general, Winfield Scott, a heroic veteran of the War of 1812, short tempered, vain, and nostalgic for the glories of his youth. At his right hand is Robert E. Lee, a forty-year-old engineer, a dignified, serious man who has never seen combat.
Scott leads his troops against the imperious Mexican dictator, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Obsessed with glory and his place in history, Santa Anna arrogantly underestimates the will and the heart of Scott and his army. As the Americans fight their way inland, both sides understand that the inevitable final conflict will come at the gates and fortified walls of the ancient capital, Mexico City.
Cut off from communication and their only supply line, the Americans learn about their enemy and themselves, as young men witness for the first time the horror of war. While Scott must weigh his own place in history, fighting what many consider a bully's war, Lee the engineer becomes Lee the hero, the one man in Scott's command whose extraordinary destiny as a soldier is clear.

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& Taylor

Thirteen years before the Civil War, eight thousand marines land in Vera Cruz bound for a fateful war against the Mexican army, including Winfield Scott, a vain general who made history in the War of 1812, and Robert E. Lee, a forty-year-old engineer as yet untested in battle. 15,000 first printing. (Historical Fiction)

Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2000.
Edition: 1st large print ed.
ISBN: 9780375430572
0375430571
Characteristics: xxvi, 655 p. (large print) ; 25 cm.

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May 16, 2011

Stunningly powerful; Shaara captures the voices of Winfield Scott and Robert E. Lee perfectly in the novel recounting the events of the often overlooked Mexican war.

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