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BOOK REVIEW: 'The Smoke at Dawn' Jeff Shaara Continues Saga of Civil War in West With Battle for Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge
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Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 17:05 Reviewed by David M. Kinchen
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. -- Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in a Nov. 10, 1942 speech in the House of Commons, after the British defeat of the German Afrika Corps under Field Marshal Rommel at El Alamein, Egypt.

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Civil War history buffs will argue endlessly about which campaigns represent the "beginning of the end", in Churchill's phrase, but I'll go with Jeff Schaara's unstated position so beautifully presented in his third new Civil War historical novel, "The Smoke at Dawn: A Novel of the Civil War" (Ballantine Books, 528 pages, $28.00).

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This is the latest novel in the series that started with "A Blaze of Glory" in 2012 and continued with "A Chain of Thunder" in 2013. (For my review of Shaara's "A Blaze of Glory," about Shiloh:http://www.huntingtonnews.net/33668. For my review of "A Chain of Thunder" about the siege of Vicksburg: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/64494)

For the rest: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/89300
 

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