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Jeff Shaara

New York Times bestselling author of historical and military fiction

Jeff Shaara speaks at Kent State University
  • About Jeff Shaara

    Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure—two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Killer Angels. His World War II series includes The Final StormNo Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, and The Rising Tide. Shaara has also written To the Last Man, The Glorious CauseRise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers. In 2012, Shaara returned to the Civil War with A Blaze of Glory, followed by A Chain of Thunder and The Smoke at Dawn—all New York Times bestsellersThe final novel in the tetralogy, The Fateful Lightning, was published June 2, 2015—the year that marked the 150th anniversary of the conclusion of the Civil War.

    Shaara is a popular speaker at lecture series, universities and MFA programs, book festivals, and historical organizations across the country. A descendant of Italian immigrants, he was born in 1952 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in criminology. He lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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    History Through Storytelling

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  • Praise for Jeff Shaara

    Praise for The Fateful Lightning

    Powerful and emotional . . . highly recommended.

    Historical Novels Review

    A great accomplishment and a more than fitting conclusion to Shaara’s work on the Civil War.


    Readers . . . looking for an absorbing novel will be well rewarded.

    The Clarion-Ledger

    Praise for A Chain of Thunder

    [Jeff] Shaara continues to draw powerful novels from the bloody history of the Civil War...The dialogue intrigues. Shaara aptly reveals the main actors: Grant, stoic, driven, not given to micromanagement; Sherman, anxious, high-strung, engaged even when doubting Grant’s strategy...Worth a Civil War buff’s attention.

    Kirkus Reviews
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