Summary: From his father’s The Killer Angels to his own best-selling novels, Jeff Shaara discusses the craft of historical fiction.
Brett’s Summary: Jeff Shaara discusses his father, Michael Shaara, his father’s book The Killer Angels, which was eventually made into the motion picture Gettysburg, his own books Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, and the movie Gods & Generals. Jeff spent some time talking about how his father’s novel really did not become a best seller until after the movie Gettysburg came out. Jeff continued in his father’s footsteps, writing two more novels to complete a Civil War trilogy. The movie Gods and Generals, which fared poorly at the box office, was based on one of his novels. Jeff spends some time explaining that the movie used only about 10% of the material in his book and changed the rest. He ends the conversation by mentioning he has moved on to other time periods to create even more historical fiction.
Civil War Talk Radio airs most Fridays at 12 PM Pacific on World Talk Radio Studio A. Host Gerry Prokopowicz, the History Chair at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, interviews a guest each week and discusses their interest in the Civil War. Most interviews center around a book or books if the guest is an author. Other guests over the years have included public Historians such as park rangers and museum curators,wargamers, bloggers, and even a member of an American Civil War Round Table located in London, England.
In this series of blog entries, I will be posting air dates, subjects, and guests, and if I have time, I’ll provide a brief summary of the program. You can find all of the past episodes I’ve entered into the blog by clicking on the Civil War Talk Radio category. Each program should appear either on or near the date it was first broadcast.
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