This is a fact-filled book contains all you would ever wish to know about Gettysburg between July 1 and July 3, 1863. It is so packed full of information, that it is not the best selection for the commmuter. The Narrator doesn't help matters - he just keeps rambling on, without a gap between topics/destinations. It was extremely hard to follow. For those who aren't driving, this does seem interesting, though very dry. Again, I think a big part of the problem is the Narrator in this respect.
Too much like others of this period and not very interesting.
In fairness, my problem was probably a mismatch of author's intent and my hopes. I wanted a thoughful but perhaps uplifting story of that seminal battle in our history ... more like the feeling from PBS's great Civil War series, and what this book delivers is a chronological (and I found deadly dull) account of physical troop movements during the day. Now, this may absolutely delight a Civil War/Gettyburg buff, so please take my comments in perspective. Went back right away.
James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1962. A native of North Dakota, he received his bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, and doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. He has written seven books on the Civil War era, including "Battle Cry of Freedom", for which he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in history. His most recent book is "Images of the Civil War", a collaboration with painter Mort Kunstler.