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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,861 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey M. Shaara, Jeff Shaara Narrator: George Hearn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553752847
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With his acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, Jeff Shaara expanded upon his father's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels--ushering the reader through the poignant drama of this most bloody chapter in our history. Now, in Gone for Soldiers, Jeff Shaara carries us back fifteen years before that momentous conflict, when the Civil War's most familiar names are fighting for another cause, junior officers marching under the same flag in an unfamiliar land, experiencing combat for the first time in the Mexican-American War.

In March 1847, the U.S. Navy delivers eight thousand soldiers on the beaches of Vera Cruz. They are led by the army's commanding general, Winfield Scott, a heroic veteran of the War of 1812, short tempered, vain, and nostalgic for the glories of his youth. At his right hand is Robert E. Lee, a forty-year-old engineer, a dignified, serious man who has never seen combat.

Scott leads his troops against the imperious Mexican dictator, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana. Obsessed with glory and his place in history, Santa Ana arrogantly underestimates the will and the heart of Scott and his army. As the Americans fight their way inland, both sides understand that the inevitable final conflict will come at the gates and fortified walls of the ancient capital, Mexico City.

Cut off from communication and their only supply line, the Americans learn about their enemy and themselves, as young men witness for the first time the horror of war. While Scott must weigh his own place in history, fighting what many consider a bully's war, Lee the engineer becomes Lee the hero, the one man in Scott's command whose extraordinary destiny as a soldier is clear.

In vivid, brilliant prose that illuminates the dark psychology of soldiers and their commanders trapped behind enemy lines, Jeff Shaara brings to life the haunted personalities and magnificent backdrop, the familiar characters, the stunning triumphs and soul-crushing defeats of this fascinating, long-forgotten war. Gone for Soldiers is an extraordinary achievement that will remain with you long after the final page is turned.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich Lindner | 2/17/2014

    " In my opinion best of Jeff Shaara's books, though the Revolutionary War series is really good as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 2/15/2014

    " I love reading historical fiction, especially Jeff Shaara. There was nothing wrong with this book - there wasn't anything great about it either. Granted, I have been busy but it took months to get through. Not as good as his other novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Xdw | 2/3/2014

    " interesing way to read about the mexican war. hoky at times. a little too much foreshadowing with the likes of R E Lee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/19/2014

    " Learned a lot the whats and whys of the Meican War. Also learned about the characters who would eventually play a major roll in the civil war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Stratton | 1/17/2014

    " For anyone a fan of the Shaara Civil War books, this one is very interesting. Its kind of a prequel to those books because it focuses on the early careers of may Civil War figures, most notably Robert Lee. It is well written and entertaining in the same way all the Shaara books are. When I was done I found myself a little upset that Lee and some other soldiers who served with distinction for the U.S. in the Mexican War would ultimately resign from the Army to fight against them. But I guess that is all in where you feelings towards the Civil War lie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blaise | 1/16/2014

    " I learned so much. So fascinating! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 1/5/2014

    " One of Jeff Shaara's best works! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianne | 12/26/2013

    " I never knew much about the Mexican-American War, so this was a fun read. It really put a lot of the puzzle pieces in place as far as the major players in the Civil War. I would read this one before the Civil War trilogy, just to take advantage of the continuity in some characters and the state America was in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valentin Alcantar | 12/24/2013

    " Precursor to Civil War trilogy... Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 12/22/2013

    " Just fun for those of us who want more info on Lee, Jackson, Longstreet, and Grant. I got to know Winfield Scott. Good job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Brenden | 11/28/2013

    " The true story of the young West Point graduates who fought together from Vera Cruz to Mexico City and formed the friendships that are tested and broken twelve years later when they end up on opposite sides of the Civil War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 11/2/2013

    " Not as much action. More dialog and politics... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timothy Carey | 10/9/2013

    " Good read on the Mexican War if you do not know much about the conflict. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 9/29/2013

    " This book is good and I learned a lot about the Mexican War from it but I think his other books are better. Just in general though I don't think he reaches the level his dad did in Killer Angels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/20/2013

    " Jeff Shaara has done it once again with a compelling story of the battles of the Mexican American war. The early military careers of Lee, Grant and Longstreet are etched here along with the legendary wisdom of the commanding General, Winfield Scott. I could not put this book down. A good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Walsh | 6/20/2013

    " If you love history, Shaara, to me is the best. It's a novel, but his level of research and attention to historical accuracy are widely admired by non-fiction historians. But it's the farthest thing from boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Evans | 6/12/2013

    " an interesting look into a little covered portion of american history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Earley | 2/20/2013

    " Grant, Lee and others in the Mexican-American War. Important training ground. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/2/2012

    " I read this pretty close to the time the US went into Iraq after 9-11. It was great timing to read about a leader somewhat similar to Hussein. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Latham | 8/22/2012

    " The Mexican war and early career of Lee and mention of Grant "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty Chester | 7/13/2012

    " This is my favorite (to date) of Shaara's books. His writing matured, his research is deep, as always, and those who have enjoyed his and his father's Civil War books will appreciate this novel as it showcases several of the leading CW names as they participated in this stuggle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 7/8/2012

    " If you enjoy American imperalism, love the cast of characters from the US Civil War, and wondered what the men were like as boys, then this historical fiction is for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Hudnall | 3/14/2012

    " This really was a great book that opened up the pre-history to the civil war. I know it was written and intended for that purpose, but I still wanted more information and details about Mexico, etc. It was a little slow in the middle, but a truly well written historical novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrmccleve | 2/27/2012

    " This was an enjoyable book, though not as good as Mike Shaara's book, "Killer Angels." It was interesting to see how some pretty well-known names in history started their military rise via the Mexican-American War, as told in this book. Good read, all the way round. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 7/9/2011

    " Here's a book about the Mexican War you should read if you haven't. It's so well written it will keep you engrossed. Like his father, Michael he is a crackerjack historian and always seems to find a point of view that is original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 5/21/2011

    " It appeared to be well researched and was an easy read even for me, a non-military type. It was good background filler for a fuller understanding of the Civil War leaders and the politics of the time. I was reading it also before a visit to Virginia. It was great timing. Enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pylgrym | 5/15/2011

    " A primer for both the Mexican War and the almost incestuous quality of the leadership in the tragic war to come. The men who fought together in Mexico would find themselves on opposite sides within a decade. A must read for history buffs and those who should be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/10/2011

    " Haven't read this one yet, but "to the Last Man" was the most powerful story of WWI I have ever read. Can't wait to see what Jeff Shaara does with the Mexican/American war... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/7/2011

    " Here's a book about the Mexican War you should read if you haven't. It's so well written it will keep you engrossed. Like his father, Michael he is a crackerjack historian and always seems to find a point of view that is original. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 1/24/2011

    " Not as much action. More dialog and politics... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Xdw | 1/18/2011

    " interesing way to read about the mexican war. hoky at times. a little too much foreshadowing with the likes of R E Lee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 1/17/2011

    " If you enjoy American imperalism, love the cast of characters from the US Civil War, and wondered what the men were like as boys, then this historical fiction is for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dona | 10/4/2010

    " Always a delightful experience reading Shaara!!! Loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/15/2010

    " Jeff Shaara has done it once again with a compelling story of the battles of the Mexican American war. The early military careers of Lee, Grant and Longstreet are etched here along with the legendary wisdom of the commanding General, Winfield Scott. I could not put this book down. A good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blaise | 7/6/2010

    " I learned so much. So fascinating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 3/4/2010

    " A good book about the Mexican-American War? Yes, this was good as it introduced many of the heroes of the Civil War before they became famous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie | 1/18/2010

    " We kicked some Mexican Army butt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Squire | 1/13/2010

    " I enjoy his works, even if I wish they were a bit shorter. Brings a little known piece of American history to life and examines the early lives of future Civil War heroes from both sides. "

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About the Author

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure—two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University.