Please join the
Friends of the Chattanooga Library
for a Very Special Author Event
and his latest book
THE SMOKE AT DAWN
VIP Ticket Includes
5:00 - 6:00 PM Private Reception with Jeff Shaara (3rd floor boardroom)
Book signing, wine and hors d'oeuvres (includes book)
6:00 - 7:00 PM Presentation by Jeff Shaara - Reserved Seating (4th floor)
Free parking at the Republic lot directly across the street from library.
Ballantine Hardcover / On Sale June 3, 2014
New York Times bestselling author Jeff Shaara returns to the Civil War terrain he knows so well, with the latest novel in the series that started with A Blaze of Glory and A Chain of Thunder. In THE SMOKE AT DAWN (Ballantine Hardcover; on sale June 3), the last great push of the Army of the Cumberland sets the stage for a decisive confrontation at Chattanooga that could determine the outcome of the war.
Summer 1863. The Federal triumph at Vicksburg has secured complete control of the Mississippi Riverfrom the Confederacy, cementing the reputation of Ulysses S. Grant. Farther east, the Federal army under the command of William Rosecrans captures the crucial rail hub at Chattanooga. But Rosecrans is careless, and while pursuing the Confederates, the Federal forces are routed in north Georgia at Chickamauga Creek.
Retreating in a panic back to Chattanooga, Rosecrans is pursued by the Confederate forces under General Braxton Bragg. Penned up, with their supply lines severed, the Federal army seems doomed to the same kind of defeat that plagued the Confederates at Vicksburg. But a disgusted Abraham Lincoln has seen enough of General Rosecrans. Ulysses Grant is elevated to command of the entire theater of the war, and immediately replaces Rosecrans with General George Thomas. Grant gathers an enormous force, including armies commanded by Joseph Hooker and Grant’s friend William T. Sherman.
Grant’s mission is clear: break the Confederate siege and destroy Bragg’s army. Meanwhile, Bragg wages war as much with his own subordinates as he does with the Federals, creating dissension and disharmony in the Southern ranks, erasing the Confederate army’s superiority at exactly the wrong time.
Blending evocative historical detail with searing depictions of battle, Jeff Shaara immerses readers in the world of commanders and common soldiers, civilians and statesmen. From the Union side come the voices of Generals Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and George Thomas—the vaunted “Rock of Chickamauga”—as well as the young private Fritz “Dutchie” Bauer. From the Rebel ranks come Generals Bragg, Patrick Cleburne, and James Longstreet, as well as the legendary cavalry commander Nathan Bedford Forrest. A tale of history played out on a human scale in the grand Shaara tradition, The Smoke at Dawn vividly re-creates the climactic months of the war in the West, when the fate of a divided nation truly hangs in the balance.
Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Chain of Thunder, 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. He lives in Gettysburg.
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Friends of the Chattanooga Public Library
The Friends of the Library are community members who donate time and money to support activities such as literacy programs, special library events, professional development of library staff, and programs for special populations.
Our major fundraising project is the semi-annual book sale. Other funds received come from annual dues, memorial gifts, donations to the Friends’ Endowment Fund or special projects.
The funds are used solely for the library needs beyond those provided by the City of Chattanooga. Through the Friends' continuing volunteer efforts and financial support, the library has been able to offer the Summer Reading Program - an annual summer program for children, teens and adults promoting the importance of reading throughout the summer months.
Friends of the Library is a 501c3 - all donations are tax deductible.