Not many of us have failed on a spectacular, history-changing level. Personal failure is one thing; a failure that costs thousands of lives and ultimately leads to losing a war is very different.
Most of us remember the Battle of Gettysburg primarily because of the Address that commemorated it, but The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara fills in the story. It captures the thoughts and feelings of the generals and commanders who failed or succeeded during three long, deadly days in July 1863.
The Killer Angels, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, is available through Indiana Humanities Novel Conversations lending library. Request a set (for free!) for your book club today.
In June, Indiana Humanities is exploring the topic of “failure,” as part of its Spirit of Competition theme.