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The Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War's turning point, produced over 57,000 casualties, the largest number from the entire war that was itself America's bloodiest conflict. On the third day of fierce fighting, Robert E. Lee's attempt to invade the North came to a head in Pickett's Charge. The infantry assault, consisting of nine brigades of soldiers in a line that stretched for over a mile, resulted in casualties of over 50 percent for the Confederates and a huge psychological blow to Southern morale.

Pickett's Charge is a detailed analysis of one of the most iconic and defining events in American history. This book presents a much-needed fresh look, including the unvarnished truths and ugly realities, about the unforgettable story. With the luxury of hindsight, historians have long denounced the folly of Lee's attack, but this work reveals the tactical brilliance of a master plan that went awry. Special emphasis is placed on the common soldiers on both sides, especially the non-Virginia attackers outside of Pickett's Virginia Division. These fighters' moments of cowardice, failure, and triumph are explored using their own words from primary and unpublished sources. Without romance and glorification, the complexities and contradictions of the dramatic story of Pickett's Charge have been revealed in full to reveal this most pivotal moment in the nation's life.

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  • Kenneth M.
  • 11-09-2016

BAD!!!!!!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is the only positive I can give this book. Unfortunately he was saddled with a terrible book

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Tucker's work is one of the worst I have come across. I admire Lee as much the next guy but Tucker give's Douglas Southall Freeman a run for his money. His arguments should make most students of Civil War military history cringe. His writing style is an excellent example of how not to write a modern military history. I'm just glad I didn't spend the $$ for a hardback of this work. If I could have given less than one star I would have.

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  • Timothy
  • 11-01-2019

Charge?

Long, long account of Pickett’s charge. Highly detailed, to the point of too much. Sets a record for the use of “therefore”, pronounced “thereFORE” by the reader. The book seems full of questionable and contradictory conclusions. On one page the Yankees are demoralized and fleeing and a couple pages later driving the Rebels back.

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  • rbergen
  • 10-05-2018

Worst CW book ever. Can't rate it low enough. It deserves negative 5 stars in all categories

This is the worst book about a CW battle
I have listened to,. Author claims a Phd but it must be horticulture are some interest far fromhistory, I don't know where Tucker is from but I am betting either Virginia or NC. Even that is no excuse for the absurd and glaring inaccuracies in this train wreck of a book.
In keeping with the pathetic lost cause tradition, Lee is the brilliant southern gentlemen whose army is poor in material but overflowing with nobility and
Courage while northern troops are the dregs
Of northern big city life. One southerner is worth 10 Yankees, etc ad nauseum.
This is a "new look" at Gettysburg alright, but is a look so fake and dishonest as to be pure fiction.
In truth in this major battle the Union leaders did almost everything right, while Lee and subordinates were slow and misjudged essentially everything,. Lee never had a chance to win this battle. They might have briefly gained a piece of the stone wall, but success means keeping it and expanding it. They never had a chance to do either and were decimated. The author makes saintly figured out of every fallen rebel as if dying bravely was the goal. This is the worst CW book ever written. You'd be better off
Getting "The Killer Angels" which even as admittedly "historical fiction" is more accurate than this rag. His worship of VMI gets tiresome, especially when we realize it was purely bad leadership that put the boy cadets in harms way in the first place. He writes as if VMI is the greatest of military schools of the era and then admits it was modeled after West Point. Plus, the VMI grads at Gettysburg lost so completely that detecting any military expertise amongst would have been a challenge.
This book was a waste of time and money. I'll be returning it.

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  • djib
  • 04-05-2021

Fiction presented as factual

Contradict 'facts' galore, selective facts to support a very tenuous thesis at best. Unconvincing, repeatative, and overly histrionic.

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  • Robert W. Schultz
  • 23-06-2017

The horrors of war.

The author has put together an account of Pickett's charge that gives the reader a better understanding of the battle than any other writings. It gives a vivid picture of what the participants encountered, the horrific side of war in words of those fighting the war. I would encourage anyone interested in Civil War accounts read, or listen to the book

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  • Ira S. Saposnik
  • 27-12-2016

The mans premise is incorrect

The first ten minutes of this seemed so odd because as a phd myself , I just don’t agree that this was a well thought out plan by Lee who was betrayed by his generals. Let’s say it had been successful All of the artillery ammunition was used up. There was no way to resupply anything. To say that he would have had to deal with a 17 mile long train of wounded. Look , it just wasn’t going to work. Surprisingly to me ,Tucker’s narrative improves quite a bit and it went from something I considered shutting off in the first ten minutes to going all the way through add to this things like Lee’s men represented Anglo Saxon racial superiority? That Stuart somehow after being run ragged and gone for a week had an actual plan to take the federal rear ? It smacks of revisionist history . Now , I was just there And I was in the movie and the reenactment also This review is already long enough. You might not like his premise but he makes a case for it All in all I just don’t agree but can respect it as a worthy effort nonetheless

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  • Bruce Derflinger
  • 30-07-2021

In depth and impartial

This is a well researched and in depth telling of perhaps the most important battle of the war between the states.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-06-2021

the worst book in my library

It is difficult to numerate all the complaints I have about this book. First, it is incredibly biased. Gen. Lee is just like a reborn Napoleon. His plan was brilliant and all other historians who called it folly are wrong. The reason for the failure is practically everyone of rank in the Army of Northern Virginia. It reminded me of HRC explaining why she lost the election. It hints at but does not say as to where Lee was---I always thought he was there. The author derides the North for treatment of prisoners' of war, they way the men of the South were buried, and the flaunting of northern generals after the battle. Second, at least 50 or more times he refers to Scotch soldiers. Sir scotch is an alcoholic beverage. Scots or Scottish is the term used for people from Scotland and Scotch guard is a fabric protector. Third errors of omission. It is said that Meade was taken aback about being attacked in his center. However, in other books Meade actually predicts where the attack will be. He kind of omits Lee apologizing to his troops saying it was his fault. and there are more. Fourth. he constantly talks about how frontal assaults worked for Napoleon and downplays how weapon technology does not play a part in why it was not a good idea 60 years later. They even tried it in WW1 with equally bad results. Lastly I think Gen Pickett said it correctly when asked why the charge failed when he said he thought the Army of the Potomac had something to do with it. If the book were posted as an alternative history it might have been better received. I heard the author is referred to as the Steven King of history, Not a good analogy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-2021

pretty good

a little too much emphasis on the irish contribution but overall a good story from a different perspective

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  • Bob Vogel
  • 23-04-2021

Paid by the word?

It just felt like anything worth saying was worth repeating, over and over, and over. And while everyone's middle name might be nice for someone doing genealogy, it made for a long, boring, listen.

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  • paul hadfeild
  • 02-09-2018

Another brown nosing for general Lee .

This book is a good listen and does dispel lots of the rubbish written about pickets charge backed up with evidence .
However allot of time is devoted to "the brilliant battle plan in lee's mind " at one point he says no evidence exsists of this two pincer attack !
This book is determined to push the legacy of general lee as the American napoloen well not only that he says over and over that he his better than Napoleon . Napoleon was not beaten by accident wellington Had never lost against napoleon 's forces and beat him the only time he came up against him .
The big glearing thing about this is where was general lee you get the impression he was sitting in a darkened room with his eyes shut throughout the whole battle maybe thinking about his amazing plan he didn't bother to tell everyone about as his artillery wasted all it's amo over three hours instead of the 15 minutes he had asked for !!and the rest of his plan didn't happen because of the generals under him at no point did he step in, and what plan survives contact with the enemy anyway ,were was lees flexibility ? he didn't have any because this amazing general had got rid of his artillery reserve and sent his caverlry off to act independently.
I am sorry but general Lee was not the god these books keep trying to tell us he was .

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  • Jon Smith
  • 19-10-2020

Biased

If you are looking for a book about the Civil War written by a Lost Cause supporter this is the book for you. Many of the accusation aimed at Longstreet many years ago and subsequently discounted are brought up here again. I get the feeling that the author penned this with a large portrait of Lee in his office looking down on him.
The detail of people taking part in the charge itself is really good, well researched info. However it seems that any Federal background is discounted if it's not a quote of defeat.

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  • Mark h
  • 20-01-2018

Masterful In-depth and captivating

Though this book is very long it holds you with every chapter. It is very in depth with first hand accounts to put to rest over a century of myth and misunderstanding.

The story of Pickett’s Charge was only one part of a three day battle but was the defining moment of the battle and like many battles before was close to being a victory

Well worth the read and the narration is easy to listen to and the first hand accounts make the story come to life.

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