By Jeff Shaara
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Jeff Shaara returns to the Civil warfare terrain he is aware so good, with the newest novel within the sequence that begun with A Blaze of Glory and A Chain of Thunder. In The Smoke at Dawn, the final nice push of the military of the Cumberland units the degree for a decisive war of words at Chattanooga that can ensure the result of the war.
summer time, 1863. The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured whole keep watch over of the Mississippi River from the Confederacy, cementing the acceptance of Ulysses S. furnish. Farther east, the Federal military below the command of William Rosecrans captures the an important rail hub at Chattanooga. yet Rosecrans is careless, and whereas pursuing the Confederates, the Federal forces are routed in north Georgia at Chickamauga Creek. taking flight in a panic again to Chattanooga, Rosecrans is pursued via the accomplice forces below common Braxton Bragg. Penned up, with their offer strains severed, the Federal military turns out doomed to a similar type of defeat that plagued the Confederates at Vicksburg. yet a disgusted Abraham Lincoln has noticeable adequate of normal Rosecrans. Ulysses supply is increased to command of the complete theater of the struggle, and instantly replaces Rosecrans with normal George Thomas. provide gathers an immense strength, together with armies commanded via Joseph Hooker and Grant’s pal, William T. Sherman. Grant’s venture is apparent: holiday the accomplice siege and damage Bragg’s army. in the meantime, Bragg wages conflict as a lot along with his personal subordinates as he does with the Federals, developing dissension and disharmony within the Southern ranks, erasing the accomplice army’s superiority at precisely the incorrect time.
mixing evocative historic aspect with searing depictions of conflict, Jeff Shaara immerses readers on the earth of commanders and customary infantrymen, civilians and statesmen. From the Union part come the voices of Generals furnish, William Tecumseh Sherman, and George Thomas—the vaunted “Rock of Chickamauga”—as good because the younger deepest Fritz “Dutchie” Bauer. From the insurgent ranks come Generals Bragg, Patrick Cleburne, and James Longstreet, in addition to the mythical cavalry commander, Nathan Bedford Forrest. A story of historical past performed out on a human scale within the grand Shaara culture, The Smoke at Dawn vividly recreates the climactic months of the warfare within the West, while the destiny of a divided country really hangs within the balance.
Praise for The Smoke at Dawn
“Civil conflict background fiends might be riveted.”—Parade
“A superbly written novel . . . Shaara once more elevates background from mere rote truth to explosive and fascinating drama.”—Bookreporter
“Shaara’s mastery of army strategies, his intimate seize of background, and his skill to interweave a number of assisting narratives right into a cohesive and digestible complete . . . will attract a large variety of ancient- and military-fiction fans.”—Booklist
“Top-notch . . . As with the simplest old struggle novels, figuring out the final word final result of the sour struggling with isn't a bar to engagement.”—Publishers Weekly
From the Hardcover edition.