I love history, but I love history more when a person can make the stories come alive. In all of Shaara’s books, he captures the historical characters by giving them believable voices. What did they say? How did they say it? What type of personality did they have? Shaara does this in all his books.
When I was attending college at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, I had a history professor, Dr. Frank Crow, who taught history the same way. By giving a feel for the personality of the people who was talking about . I still remember Dr. Crow talking about Benjamin Franklin with all his attributes and foibles.
The siege of Vicksburg is another great story about the Civil War and the difficulties that not only soldiers faced on both sides, but the civilians in Vicksburg.