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Summary

Main Selection of the History Book Club

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 These fighters' moments of cowardice, failure, and triumph are explored using their own words from primary and unpublished sources.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.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for listeners interested in history - books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times best seller or a national best seller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Phillip Thomas Tucker (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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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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  • Kenneth M.
  • 11-09-16

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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  • Ira S. Saposnik
  • 27-12-16

If Pickett had won, it still wouldn't be any good

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

perhaps a book actually covering the topic

What was most disappointing about Phillip Thomas Tucker PhD’s story?

excessively boring on a topic thought impossible

What didn’t you like about Eric Martin’s performance?

I suppose some of it is the stuff he's given to work with

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pickett's Charge?

Everything from the end of July 2 1863

Any additional comments?

it's not very good, and that means you won't like it

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  • rbergen
  • 10-05-18

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.

Richard
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  • Robert W. Schultz
  • 23-06-17

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