Gettysburg: The Last Invasion. Allen C. Guelzo.
Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. First Edition. Hardcover. "Of the half-dozen full-length histories of the battle of Gettysburg written over the last century, none dives down so closely to the experience of the individual solider, or looks so closely at the sway of politics over military decisions, or places the battle firmly in the context of nineteenth-century military practice. Allen C. Guelzo shows us the face, the sights, and sounds of nineteenth-century combat: the lay of the land, the fences and the stone walls, the gunpowder clouds that hampered movement and vision; the armies that caroused, foraged, kidnapped, sang, and were so filthy they could be smelled before they could be seen...plus thousands of animals and wagons, with no better means of communication than those of Caesar and Alexander." (from Front Flap). The flap copy continues, accelerating in intrigue and promise: "What emerges is an untold story,” of “the trapped and terrified civilians in Gettysburg’s cellars," of unit after unit "blindly wheeling to battle" as the blood, like water, rose. Jack Kerouac once wrote, "Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual, American form." Though the prolific & celebrated author of this work, the eminent Allen C. Guelzo (b. 1953) has authored not a single work of fiction, his descriptive capacity far exceeds that of the academic cyborgs seeking always to fatten the grave of that (regrettably) most-dead of mediums. In the capable hands of a Guelzo, however, an opportunity presents itself: a chance for readers with a more sensorial taste in literature (as opposed, for example, to appetites favoring the philosophical) to take a dessert-like bite into a work of Pure History. As one controversial (yet historically impactful) blurb contributor notes, "Everyone interested in the decisive moment in freedom's struggle should read Guelzo's simply extraordinary book." [ISBN: 978-0-307-59408-2]. From the collection of George V. Buehler (1933-2020), who was a prominent real estate developer & collector in Massachusetts & Arizona. We found & have retained, between blank rear endpaper & paste-down, a single sheet of printed documentation relating to Buehler's purchase of this item in 2013, and a postcard from Wayward Books of Dartmouth, MA (ostensibly the vendor from which Buehler obtained the item). Book in very fine condition, bordering on "as new" designation. Dust-jacket in equally very fine condition, with only faintest evidence of shelf-wear to select fine-edges & corners. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4935]

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