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The Gettysburg Trilogy

Newt Gingrich

Thomas Dunne Books

The Civil War is the American Iliad. Lincoln, Stonewall Jackson, Grant, and Lee still stand as heroic ideals, as stirring to our national memory as were the legendary Achilles and Hector to the world of the ancient Greeks.  In their bestselling, action-packed and painstakingly researched Civil War series, Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen examine some of the great “what-ifs” of American history: Could Lee have defeated the Union Army at Gettysburg and led the South to triumph in the war? 

For the first time ever The Gettysburg Trilogy combines all three books in the Civil War Series.  Gettysburg, the series’ first installment, opens in 1863 as General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia are poised to attack the North and claim the victory that could end the brutal conflict.  The soldiers in the line, Yank and Reb, know that this will be the great challenge, the decisive moment that will decide whether a nation will die, or be created, and both sides are ready and willing to lay down their lives for their Cause.  Grant Comes East continues the story of a Confederate victory at Gettysburg, as General Lee marches on Washington, DC, and launches an assault against one of the largest fortifications in the world.  At the same time, Lincoln appoints General Ulysses S. Grant commander of all Union forces. Grant, fresh from his triumph at Vicksburg, races east, bringing with him his hardened veterans from Mississippi to confront Lee.  Finally, Never Call Retreat concludes this tour de force story of true heroism and glory in America’s most trying hour with an epic, week-long showdown between Grant and Lee as each man struggles to bring victory to his name, his men, and his country.

Also included are excerpts from the first two books in Newt Gingrich and William F. Forstchen’s Revolutionary War Series: To Try Men’s Souls and Valley Forge.


The Civil War is the American Iliad. Lincoln, Stonewall Jackson, Grant, and Lee still stand as heroic ideals, as stirring to our national memory as were the legendary Achilles and Hector to the world of the ancient Greeks.  In their bestselling, action-packed and painstakingly researched Civil War series, Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen examine some of the great “what-ifs” of American history: Could Lee have defeated the Union Army at Gettysburg and led the South to triumph in the war? 

For the first time ever The Gettysburg Trilogy combines all three books in the Civil War Series.  Gettysburg, the series’ first installment, opens in 1863 as General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia are poised to attack the North and claim the victory that could end the brutal conflict.  The soldiers in the line, Yank and Reb, know that this will be the great challenge, the decisive moment that will decide whether a nation will die, or be created, and both sides are ready and willing to lay down their lives for their Cause.  Grant Comes East continues the story of a Confederate victory at Gettysburg, as General Lee marches on Washington, DC, and launches an assault against one of the largest fortifications in the world.  At the same time, Lincoln appoints General Ulysses S. Grant commander of all Union forces. Grant, fresh from his triumph at Vicksburg, races east, bringing with him his hardened veterans from Mississippi to confront Lee.  Finally, Never Call Retreat concludes this tour de force story of true heroism and glory in America’s most trying hour with an epic, week-long showdown between Grant and Lee as each man struggles to bring victory to his name, his men, and his country.

Also included are excerpts from the first two books in Newt Gingrich and William F. Forstchen’s Revolutionary War Series: To Try Men’s Souls and Valley Forge.


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Praise for The Gettysburg Trilogy

Praise for Gettysburg:
 
"Surprisingly plausible, written with compelling narrative force and meticulous detail."
-The Atlanta Journal Constitution
 
"Gingrich and Forschten write with authority and with sensitivity."-St. Louis Post Dispatch
 
"[Gettysburg] is believable and beautifully written...every bit as good as Michael Sharra's The Killer Angels. Not only do Gingrich and Forstchen bring the characters to life, and often horrible death, but they do so with memorable observations on the ways of war and vivid, technically accurate descriptions of frightful Civil War combat."-The Courier Journal (Kentucky)
 
"An eye-opener...filled with gore, smoke, heat of battle and a surprise ending. The writing is vivid and clear. A ripping good read."-Washington Times
 
"Well-executed alternative history. The authors show thorough knowledge of the people, weapons, tactics, and ambience of the civil war. A veritable feast."-Publishers Weekly
 
"Gettysburg is a creative, clever, and fascinating 'what if?' novel that promises to excite and entertain America's legions of Civil War buffs."-James Carville
 
Praise for Grant Comes East:
"Ulysses S. Grant is one of my Civil War favorites. I sat down on a weekend morning to read this book and, by night, I was still at it to the last page. Couldn't put it down. This is a very readable story of how President Abraham Lincoln finally put Grant in charge and changed the course of history."
- Liz Smith
 
"Gingrich and Forstchen have produced a very readable entry into the literature of speculative history. It will be interesting, perhaps even thrilling, to see how the military strategy and political maneuvering plays out in the next installment."
-Civil War Book Review
 
"With each book in their ongoing alternate history cycle, Gingrich and Forstchen have gone from strength to strength as storytellers. Unabashedly, this is a work of popular historical fiction; it aspires to entertain, first and foremost, but it has passages of genuine depth and poetry which elevate it above many other specimens of its peculiar sub-genre."
--William Trotter, The Charlotte Observer
 
"Gingrich and Forstchen portray icons like Grant and Lee as very real humans, beset with very real problems demanding decisions... This second volume is every bit as good as the first."
-St.Louis Post-Dispatch
 
"An exciting alternative history of the Civil War. Character depictions are vivid, detailed, and insightful. One of the best novels of the Civil War to appear in recent years."
--Publishers Weekly (starred)
 
"A good yarn. The authors provide apt historically plausible detail to give substance to the premise. Colorful and imaginative historical fiction."
--Washington Times
 
"What the authors come up with is as rivetingly plausible as what they devised in the previous novel. Notably original."
-Booklist
 
Praise for Never Call Retreat:
 
“The authors’ research is impeccable…the reader is left believing it could really have happened this way.”—Booklist
 
"Reasonably well-written and plausible, with excellent period photographs as a bonus."--Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Gettysburg:
 
"Surprisingly plausible, written with compelling narrative force and meticulous detail."
-The Atlanta Journal Constitution
 
"Gingrich and Forschten write with authority and with sensitivity."-St. Louis Post Dispatch
 
"[Gettysburg] is believable and beautifully written...every bit as good as Michael Sharra's The Killer Angels. Not only do Gingrich and Forstchen bring the characters to life, and often horrible death, but they do so with memorable observations on the ways of war and vivid, technically accurate descriptions of frightful Civil War combat."-The Courier Journal (Kentucky)
 
"An eye-opener...filled with gore, smoke, heat of battle and a surprise ending. The writing is vivid and clear. A ripping good read."-Washington Times
 
"Well-executed alternative history. The authors show thorough knowledge of the people, weapons, tactics, and ambience of the civil war. A veritable feast."-Publishers Weekly
 
"Gettysburg is a creative, clever, and fascinating 'what if?' novel that promises to excite and entertain America's legions of Civil War buffs."-James Carville
 
Praise for Grant Comes East:
"Ulysses S. Grant is one of my Civil War favorites. I sat down on a weekend morning to read this book and, by night, I was still at it to the last page. Couldn't put it down. This is a very readable story of how President Abraham Lincoln finally put Grant in charge and changed the course of history."
- Liz Smith
 
"Gingrich and Forstchen have produced a very readable entry into the literature of speculative history. It will be interesting, perhaps even thrilling, to see how the military strategy and political maneuvering plays out in the next installment."
-Civil War Book Review
 
"With each book in their ongoing alternate history cycle, Gingrich and Forstchen have gone from strength to strength as storytellers. Unabashedly, this is a work of popular historical fiction; it aspires to entertain, first and foremost, but it has passages of genuine depth and poetry which elevate it above many other specimens of its peculiar sub-genre."
--William Trotter, The Charlotte Observer
 
"Gingrich and Forstchen portray icons like Grant and Lee as very real humans, beset with very real problems demanding decisions... This second volume is every bit as good as the first."
-St.Louis Post-Dispatch
 
"An exciting alternative history of the Civil War. Character depictions are vivid, detailed, and insightful. One of the best novels of the Civil War to appear in recent years."
--Publishers Weekly (starred)
 
"A good yarn. The authors provide apt historically plausible detail to give substance to the premise. Colorful and imaginative historical fiction."
--Washington Times
 
"What the authors come up with is as rivetingly plausible as what they devised in the previous novel. Notably original."
-Booklist
 
Praise for Never Call Retreat:
 
“The authors’ research is impeccable…the reader is left believing it could really have happened this way.”—Booklist
 
"Reasonably well-written and plausible, with excellent period photographs as a bonus."--Kirkus Reviews

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  • NEWT GINGRICH, former Speaker of the House, is the bestselling author of Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor and the longest serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting course for Major Generals.  He is the founder of the Center for Health Transformation, Chairman of American Solutions and a commentator for Fox News Channel. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista, with whom he hosts and produces documentaries, including their latest, Nine Days that Changed the World.

    WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN, Ph.D., is a Faculty Fellow at Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. He received his doctorate from Purdue University and is the author of more than forty books. He is the New York Times best selling author of One Second After, published by Tor/Forge of St. Martin's Press. He resides near Asheville, North Carolina, with his daughter, Meghan.

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