Jeffrey Shaara followed in the footsteps of his famous father Michael Shaara, whose The Killer Angels won the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 and is the justly famous novel of Gettysburg, now in its 114th printing. I still marvel that some people haven't read the book, but if you are among them, do yourself an immense favor and read or reread it to appreciate the events of this week 150 years ago, and the minds and actions of the men who made them.
On Friday's program, I am joined by two great experts on the Civil War, military historian Dr. Victor Davis Hanson and Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn.
VDH will spend a couple of hours reviewing with me the course of the entire war with an emphasis on the battles of this week, one of which, the siege of Vicksburg, featured William Tecumseh Sherman, who is one of the generals profiled in Hanson's new The Savior Generals.
The special programming concludes with an hour devoted to the genius of Abraham Lincoln, so well known to Dr. Arnn, and while all of the Hillsdale Dialogues on the great authors and figures of Western civilization are very well worth listening to, this hour on the man who saved the Union is perhaps the finest of them all. No Lincoln, no United States. No United States, no...well, so many things, including victory in the three great conflicts of the last century and the possibility of victory in those of this era as well.