The Rising Tide

The Rising Tide A modern master of the historical novel Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War the Revolutionary War and World War I Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic a trilogy ab

  • Title: The Rising Tide
  • Author: Jeff Shaara
  • ISBN: 9780345461414
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the twentieth century The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation s most poignant chronicle of WA modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the twentieth century.The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation s most poignant chronicle of World War II With you are there immediacy, painstaking historical detail, and all inclusive points of view, Shaara portrays the momentous and increasingly dramatic events that pulled America into the vortex of this monumental conflict.As Hitler conquers Poland, Norway, France, and most of Western Europe, England struggles to hold the line When Germany s ally Japan launches a stunning attack on Pearl Harbor, America is drawn into the war, fighting to hold back the Japanese conquest of the Pacific, while standing side by side with their British ally, the last hope for turning the tide of the war.Through unforgettable battle scenes in the unforgiving deserts of North Africa and the rugged countryside of Sicily, Shaara tells this story through the voices of this conflict s most heroic figures, some familiar, some unknown As British and American forces strike into the soft underbelly of Hitler s Fortress Europa, the new weapons of war come clearly into focus In North Africa, tank battles unfold in a tapestry of dust and fire unlike any the world has ever seen In Sicily, the Allies attack their enemy with a barely tested weapon the paratrooper As battles rage along the coasts of the Mediterranean, the momentum of the war begins to shift, setting the stage for the massive invasion of France, at a seaside resort called Normandy.More than an unprecedented and intimate portrait of those who waged this astonishing global war, The Rising Tide is a vivid gallery of characters both immortal and unknown the as yet obscure administrator Dwight D Eisenhower, whose tireless efficiency helped win the war his subordinates, clashing in both style and personality, from George Patton and Mark Clark to Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery In the desolate hills and deserts, the Allies confront Erwin Rommel, the battlefield genius known as the Desert Fox, a wounded beast who hands the Americans their first humiliating defeat in the European theater of the war From tank driver to paratrooper to the men who gave the commands, Shaara s stirring portrayals bring the heroic and the tragic to life in brilliant detail.

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    1. Jeff Shaara

      Jeff Shaara, a descendant of Italian immigrants, was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey Shaara was originally spelled Sciarra He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Criminology From age 16, Jeff operated a rare coin business, first out of his home, then in a retail store After moving to Tampa, Jeff became one of the most widely known coin and precious metals dealers in Florida In 1988, Jeff s father, Michael Shaara, died, and Jeff made the decision to sell his business, and take over the management of his father s estate.Onboard the Guided Missile Destroyer USS Mustin in the Persian Gulf.In 1993, the motion picture Gettysburg was released, which was based on his father s classic novel, The Killer Angels After the critical and commercial success of the film, Jeff was approached about the possibility of continuing the story, finding someone to write a prequel and sequel to The Killer Angels After some considerable soul searching, Jeff decided to try to tackle the project himself The decision was difficult in many ways, but most challenging because Jeff had no previous experience as a writer.In 1996, Ballantine Books published Jeff s first novel, Gods and Generals, the prequel to his father s great work Gods and Generals leapt onto the New York Times Bestseller List, and remained there for fifteen weeks Critics nationwide praised the book and Jeff s writing ability, and the book was awarded the American Library Association s Prestigious Boyd Award No one was surprised than Jeff himself In 1998, the sequel, The Last Full Measure, was published, with the same result thirteen weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, and universal praise from critics and fans nationwide Two years later, Jeff published his third novel, Gone For Soldiers, which followed many familiar Civil War characters back to their experiences in the Mexican American War of the 1840 s Received with much critical acclaim, the book became Jeff s third bestseller.

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    1. The Rising Tide is the story of the American experience in the Second World War in Europe. The action picks up in Africa, waiting on Operation Torch to begin. As with other Shara books, the author follows some of the key actors - Eisenhower, Patton, Montgomery, and, intriguingly, Rommel and Kesselring. It is through their eyes that the reader experiences the Desert campaign in North Africa as well as the invasion of Sicily and Italy by the allies.I appreciate the insight into the decision-making [...]

    2. Ever since reading Gods and Generals I have been convinced that Jeff Shaara doesn't have anything like the gift for writing his father, Shaara, Michael, exhibited in the breathtaking historical novel The Killer Angels. This book cemented my impression.If you want to read some interesting World War II history (specifically, the time period around the American entrance into the war in North Africa) that focuses on the personalities of the generals involved: this is a great resource. I have little [...]

    3. Jeff Shaara made an admirable attempt to complete his father's Civil War series, but his sequels, valuable though they are, could not hold a candle to The Killer Angel. Well, Jeff has done a lot of writing since then, and his WWII series, if The Rising Tide is a fair indication, matches the work of his father. What Michael Shaara did for the Civil War, his son is doing for the Second World War. One of the marks of good historical fiction, for me, is the way it prompts me to start researching stu [...]

    4. A fairly large book, I nonetheless devoured it in two days and for the first time understand at least something about the command on both sides of the lines and the experience of the tank battalions in North Africa and eventually the invasion of Sicily and Italy, not to mention the importance of the North African campaign to the success of the Allies in World War II.Maybe someone should have required reading like this as part of my high school curriculum because apparently historical fiction is [...]

    5. Took me awhile to get going but I ended up loving this book. Learned a lot of things I didn't know. Like when our troops first landed in Northern Africa I was surprised to learn that the french were shooting at us. And that the Italians turned on the Germans after Mussolini was arrested. Really love Jeff Shaara's writing style how he tells you what the characters are feeling and thinking. Now on too book number 2.

    6. This exciting WWII historical fiction from the author of “Gods and Generals” tells the account of German, US and British forces in north Africa, Siciliy, and mainland Italy from the perspective of the tankers led by “the Desert Fox,” Erwin Rommel, and the vain and bombastic and aggressive tank warrior George Patton. The insights, foibles, and exploits of Dwight Eisenhower, Bernard Montgomery, Mark Clark, and Omar Bradley are fascinating. Shaara provides a balanced approach that draws the [...]

    7. Jeff Shaara is a master story teller. He combines the factual details of war and battles with memories of men fighting side by side. He captures both the officers and the enlisted men's side of war and planning. His research is broad and very in depth. Loved making the history come to life while visualizing the countries and peoples embattled.

    8. Jeff Shaara provides another great installment into very entertaining and mostly accurate historical fiction. I always appreciate his ability to fill out the personalities of well known historical figures, as well as giving credit to little known or appreciated figures. All aspects of World War II are incredibly intriguing, but none more so than the less heralded North Africa campaign. I am glad that Mr. Shaara tackled this lesser known and vastly important battlefield, as opposed to the more co [...]

    9. I've read quite a few books about the European and Pacific campaigns. This is the first book I've read about the campaign in Africa. I never realized just how important it was and why it was important. This book isn't for the casual reader. Even though it's classified as fiction, it's really not, except for some of the dialogue which might or might not have happened exactly the way they're reported.

    10. -Spoilers Ahead-The campaigns in North Africa are the red-headed stepchild of WWII U.S. History. Normandy and the Bulge take center stage, Italy and Sicily may get some share of the limelight, but anything before the first transports full of GIs shoved off from Bizerte to stick pins in the soft underbelly of Europe? Good luck, friend. With that in mind I was ecstatic to find a title that purported to cover a sadly neglected portion of the war effort. Granted, North Africa was hardly an all-Ameri [...]

    11. Limited historical view of North African allied campaign of World War II. As a starter its a good yarn filed with little known historical data about some of the best known Allied and Axis figures of the times.

    12. Formulaic . But the Formula Works!I listened to the 18 CD audio version of this book as read by Larry Pine and let me tell you, it made a Washington DC commute much easier to bear for almost 2 weeks!Jeff Shaara has something of a cross to bear in that he is the son of a Pulitzer prize winning author and has chosen to write in a similar genre and also, to utilize many of the literary devices of his father. That is a tall order for anyone and invites comparison and criticism and an almost foregone [...]

    13. Jeff Shaara like his father Michael write excellent historical fiction. This is an interesting book that blends real characters with a couple of fictional characters to present a rounded picture of World War II. The fictional characters present the front line soldiers perspective while the factual characters present the planning and leadership view. Jeff Shaara does put words into the mouths of factual characters and the only time I found it difficult to believe conversation was when he had Gene [...]

    14. I apologize to all of you Jeff Shaara fans out there but I tried. I really did. I was excited to read this entire trilogy but I had to stop. I couldn't get past page 200. The problem with this book isn't the topic, or historical inaccuracies (I can forgive an author for that given the depth and scope of this project), it was simply the way Shaara writes.He completely misunderstands the proper usage of a comma and is unable to properly deliver speech. Let me give you an example of each chosen com [...]

    15. I really enjoyed this book. Though it is rated as fiction, it was based on actual soldiers' diaries, inter- views, etc. I suppose you can't know the characters' actually dialogue, thus the fiction label. Shaara writes in such a way that the characters came alive and I felt like I was watching a movie, not just reading a book. I especially enjoyed how the stories went back and forth between the Allied and German points of view. Getting to know the characters, at times I often felt sorry for the G [...]

    16. Damn fine novel from a gifted author. Geronimo!!!Mr. Shaara is a gifted author that both educates and entertains with his historical novels. Whenever I read his work I often get immersed to the point that I feel that I am almost there. He never disappoints. I count his father's work "Killer Angels" as one of the finest historical novels I have ever read. We are all fortunate that he inherited his father's wonderful gift. If not in many ways exceeding it.

    17. The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II is the first book in Jeff Shaara's series about World War II. It is the weakest in many ways. Shaara approaches most of his books with the docudrama format - a little bit of narrative history, a lot bit of historical fiction. His narrative history is quite well written and flows nicely. The historical fiction in this book is its weak point. The action is very good, but there is not a lot of action - just a few pages in the Africa Campaign and some very so [...]

    18. Jeff Shaara, son of the late Mike Shaara, hit the literary scene running with his well received "Gods and Generals" (1996) and "Last Full Measure." (1998) These books, with his father's "The Killer Angels" comprised a wonderful Civil War Trilogy."The Rising Tide" focuses on the first part of America's involvement in World War II, primarily the North Africa and Italian campaigns, in the same style both he and his father used for the Civil War books: thorough research and the telling of the story [...]

    19. I listened to this on Audible. The reader was excellent, which may account for the four stars. Basically, this is the story of the war in Northern Africa, and ending with the invasion of Italy. We get points of view from Eisenhower, Patton, Rommel, Kesselring, and a couple of American troopers, a paratrooper, and a tank gunner. It is all true, just put in a readable novel format. My teenage son has listened to this 4 or 5 times and is now quite the expert on the African campaign. It was a good r [...]

    20. According to my history teacher this is some of the best historical fictions on WW2 out there, and I have to believe that. This books while sometimes sounding like a history textbook is very entertaining and downright cool. It's very interesting to read from the perspectives of people like Erwin Rommel and Dwight Eisenhower. This book kept me entertained and I learned quite a bit about WW2.

    21. OK.But if you're seriously interested, read Rick Atkinson's histories, starting with An Army at Dawn, paralleling this volume, instead; they read like novels.This Shaara - my first, since his father's Killer Angels - reads like warmed up mush compared to Atkinson. I may read the next volume, but I'm more excited about Atkinson's next, in what he calls his Liberation Trilogy.

    22. Great read! Okay, so this is technically fiction since Shaara puts the thoughts and words of historical figures into what is essentially a history of the North African and Italian campaigns of WWII. Even so, the context is correct and the book gives coverage and insights into a neglected part of the war. Warning: this book caused me to stay up past my bedtime on several occasions.

    23. Great historical fiction. Written very similar to his WW1 book. The soldiers talk was really funny at times. I loved his rendition of Churchill, especially. First in a trilogy on WW2.

    24. I’ve always been interested in the World Wars and have read probably hundreds of articles. But I never would have considered reading a full book. I recently finished the Harry Potter series and was looking for my next read. Then I found The Rising Tide in my house and decided to give it a try. The first few pages were all I needed to realize I would love the book all the way through.The Rising Tide is a novel based on the Allied campaign in North Africa during WWII called Operation Torch. Dwig [...]

    25. DNF. This might be fine if you're into reading dry narratives about WW2 battles, but this book didn't catch my interest. I gave it about four chapters and gave up on it. Shaara's writing style is very dry and there's not a lot of emotion to it. The result is a very boring read, at least to me. I'd tried to read his books about the Civil War many years ago and couldn't get into them for the same reason, but I thought maybe his books about a more modern war setting might be okay. I guessed wrong. [...]

    26. I love Jeff Shaara books and this one is no exception (except for the venue of course). My favorite of his still has to be To the Last Man (about WWI), but I do enjoy his other works. I started reading this book about a year ago, got about half-way through it, and then put it back on the shelf for some reason. When Shaara came out with his fourth and final book in this series, my interest was sparked again and I wondered why I hadn’t finished the book. I think it was because I wasn’t too ena [...]

    27. Thanks to Kenneth Macpherson for sharing this book with me. It's a book that has caused me to read further about the background of countries and events involved in WWIItalking you, France! If you are an avid history fan, especially military history, this is an excellent read!

    28. very interesting read about the political influence on the military leadership of the battle of North Africa. Very good.

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