Book cover - The Gettysburg Trilogy - Author Newt Gingrich

The Gettysburg Trilogy

Author Newt Gingrich

  • Release Date: 2010-12-14
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Our score: 4.5
From 15 Ratings

The Gettysburg Trilogy Summary

The Gettysburg Trilogy - In their bestselling, action-packed and painstakingly researched Civil War series, Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen examine some of the great "what-ifs" of American history: Could Lee have defeated the Union Army at Gettysburg and led the South to triumph in the war?

The Civil War is the American Iliad. Lincoln, Stonewall Jackson, Grant, and Lee still stand as heroic ideals, as stirring to our national memory as were the legendary Achilles and Hector to the world of the ancient Greeks.

For the first time ever The Gettysburg Trilogy combines all three books in the Civil War Series. Gettysburg, the series' first installment, opens in 1863 as General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia are poised to attack the North and claim the victory that could end the brutal conflict. The soldiers in the line, Yank and Reb, know that this will be the great challenge, the decisive moment that will decide whether a nation will die, or be created, and both sides are ready and willing to lay down their lives for their Cause.

Grant Comes East continues the story of a Confederate victory at Gettysburg, as General Lee marches on Washington, DC, and launches an assault against one of the largest fortifications in the world. At the same time, Lincoln appoints General Ulysses S. Grant commander of all Union forces. Grant, fresh from his triumph at Vicksburg, races east, bringing with him his hardened veterans from Mississippi to confront Lee.

Finally, Never Call Retreat concludes this tour de force story of true heroism and glory in America's most trying hour with an epic, week-long showdown between Grant and Lee as each man struggles to bring victory to his name, his men, and his country.

Also included are excerpts from the first two books in Newt Gingrich and William F. Forstchen's Revolutionary War Series: To Try Men's Souls and Valley Forge.

The Gettysburg Trilogy Review

  • Historical?

    By Rob Finman
    This novel seems to vary widely from other accounts of this great battle. There is a sharp bias towards the genius and charm of Confederate general, Robert E. Lee. In contrast, US Army senior officers, which are always described as Union officers, are all two dimensional and greatly flawed. While some minor USA leaders are given a more sympathetic portrait, their place in this fiction is to illustrate the enormous flaws of US Army officers at Gettysburg and aggrandize Lee's character and skills. Yes, it was initially mildly amusing to read a fictional account of the Gettysburg battle but the story becomes tedious as the authors' theme of glorifying the Confederate leaders and arousing pity for Lee's difficult decision to abandon his oath of allegiance becomes apparent. In any case, offering a rationale that the Northern leaders were the real traitors to the dreams of our Nation's founders and attributing that view to Lee did not work for me. Undoubtedly, Benedict Arnold had a rationale for his decisions too. The later fictional work by these authors is a better read, despite similar fictional variances, than this tome. The Gettysburg Trilogy provides moments of interest but these moments are separated by pages of emptiness. While this a "historical" work of fiction, I could not warm up to the idea that Robert E. Lee in this work and George Washington, as depicted in Valley Forge, enjoy similar stature in American history.