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Publisher's Summary

In the Pulitzer prize-winning classic The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the finest Civil War novel of our time, an enduring best seller that has sold more than two million copies. In the best-selling Gods and Generals, Shaara's son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father's vision, telling the epic story of the events culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg. Now, Jeff Shaara brings this legendary father-son trilogy to its stunning conclusion in a novel that brings to life the final two years of the Civil War.

As The Last Full Measure opens, Gettysburg is past and the war advances to its third brutal year. On the Union side, the gulf between the politicians in Washington and the generals in the field yawns ever wider. Never has the cumbersome Union Army so desperately needed a decisive, hard-nosed leader. It is at this critical moment that Lincoln places Ulysses S. Grant in command - and turns the tide of war.

For Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg was an unspeakable disaster - compounded by the shattering loss of the fiery Stonewall Jackson two months before. Lee knows better than anyone that the South cannot survive a war of attrition. But with the total devotion of his generals - Longstreet, Hill, Stuart - and his unswerving faith in God, Lee is determined to fight to the bitter end.

Here too is Joshua Chamberlain, the college professor who emerged as the Union hero of Gettysburg - and who will rise to become one of the greatest figures of the Civil War.

Battle by staggering battle, Shaara dramatizes the escalating confrontation between Lee and Grant - complicated, heroic, deeply troubled men. From the costly Battle of the Wilderness to the agonizing siege of Petersburg to Lee's epoch-making surrender at Appomattox, Shaara portrays the riveting conclusion of the Civil War through the minds and hearts of the individuals who gave their last full measure.

Full of human passion and the spellbinding truth of history, The Last Full Measure is the fitting capstone to a magnificent literary trilogy.

©2000 Jeff Shaara (P)2003 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

The Last Full Measure is more than another historical novel. It is rooted in history, but its strength is the element of humanity flowing through its characters.... The book is compelling, easy to read, well researched and written, and thought-provoking.... In short, it is everything that a reader could ask for.” ( Chicago Tribune)
“Masterful... These characters come alive as complex, heroic, and flawed men.” ( Baltimore Sun)

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  • Nicole Amos
  • 17-12-2016

ABRIDGED SUCKS!

What disappointed you about The Last Full Measure?

the abridged version cut out far, far too much. it was like a different story completely.

What did you like best about this story?

I .... all of it.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favorite?

Gen Chanberlin in this one, mainly when he tells sheridan to get out of the way.

What character would you cut from The Last Full Measure?

cut? oh,nonono! I'd add!

Any additional comments?

First abridged book, never again.

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  • David
  • 12-12-2017

great story - terrible abridgement

What disappointed you about The Last Full Measure?

The way it was cut down - the story didn't flow - shame there's no option too buy the unabridged version

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  • Wes
  • 09-02-2018

Fantastic reading by Stephen Lang!

Stephen Lang played Stonewall Jackson in Ron Maxwell’s film “Gods and Generals” and he does a fabulous job reading the third in the trilogy here. I liked his portrayal of the different characters and his overall narration. I do wish this would have been unabridged. However, I have read the book so this was just revisiting the novel for me. Therefore, I did not mind so much that this audio version was abridged.

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  • Evan
  • 08-08-2017

Evan Review

This the following book that following Jeff dad in killer angel. This carries theme of all of his books historical events has tool place with first person conversation with the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-2017

One of my favorites

I enjoyed the whole series. The stroy was awesome to hear as most of the time Gettysburg is often heard of and assumed the last battle. I enjoy history and learning more is always fun.

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  • Christopher P
  • 03-06-2017

Stephen Lang is the best!!!

The book is excellent, both compelling and heart-wrenching. However, I recommend you read the two preceding books, Gods and Generals, and, The Killer Angels. Lang' s performance is excellent. My only complaint, and reason for rating the story 4 stars, is that the story is abridged... slightly disappointing, but not enough to keep me, and shouldn't keep anyone else from reading it.

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  • robert
  • 23-03-2016

great book, price sucks

great book! price sucks though, not long enough for the money, could have went further into the surrender at Appomattox

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  • Jeffrey
  • 25-02-2016

The Last Full Measure

This is an excellent depiction of the last 2 years of the War between the States.

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  • Ara Talaslian
  • 06-11-2015

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and John B. Gordon

All wars should end this way. ... with honorable men acknowledging and saluting each other.

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  • Daniel N. Hill
  • 04-04-2015

Good wrap up of the series

Nice completion of the civil war. Excellent presentation by the reader, good modulation and inflection of a historical fact finding story.