Jeff Shaara Biography & Facts
Jeffrey M. "Jeff" Shaara (born February 21, 1952) is an American novelist and the son of Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Shaara.
Jeffrey Shaara was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 1974 with a degree in Criminology and lives in Gettysburg.He wrote Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, which are the prequel and sequel, respectively, to his father Michael's award-winning novel The Killer Angels. Jeff followed his father's footsteps upon the latter's death, writing historical fiction and documenting the American wars and their most historically relevant characters. In total, Jeff has written fifteen New York Times bestselling novels.Jeff delivered the commencement speech at University of Delaware's 2005 undergraduate ceremony. Jeff has deemed this "one of the most important moments in his life."He completed a trilogy in 2010 about World War II in the European and North African theaters. A fourth World War II novel, titled The Final Storm, covers the end of the war in the Pacific, and was released on May 17, 2011.
Shaara has received the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction from the American Library Association in 2022 for The Eagle's Claw, in 2018 for The Frozen Hours, in 2005 for To The Last Man: A Novel of The First World War, and in 1997 for Gods and Generals. The American Library Association's Reference and Users Services Association recognized The Steel Wave as a 2009 Notable Book.He has also been awarded the Lincoln Forum's "Richard Nelson Current Award", New York Civil War Round Table's "Bell I. Wiley Award", and Florida State University's "Artes Award" as a Distinguished Alumnus. In 2011, Shaara was inducted into the FSU College of Criminology Hall of Fame and awarded FSU's first annual Distinguished Writer's Award.
In 2003, Warner Brothers made the major motion picture Gods and Generals, which was based upon his book of the same title.
Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground (2006) ISBN 9780345464880Novels
Gods and Generals (1996)—Civil War (1858–1863) ISBN 9780345409577
The Last Full Measure (1998)—Civil War (1861–1865) ISBN 9780345404916
Gone for Soldiers (2000)—US-Mexican War (1847–1848) ISBN 9780345427502
Rise to Rebellion (2001)—Pre-American Revolutionary War (1770–1776) ISBN 9780345427533
The Glorious Cause (2002)—American Revolutionary War (1776–1783) ISBN 9780345427564
To the Last Man (2004)—World War I (1914–1918) ISBN 9780345461346
The Rising Tide (2006)—World War II (1939–1945), Trilogy Part 1 of 3 ISBN 9780345461414
The Steel Wave (2008)—World War II (1939–1945), Trilogy Part 2 of 3 ISBN 9780345461421
No Less Than Victory (2009)—World War II (1939–1945), Trilogy Part 3 of 3 ISBN 9780345497925
The Final Storm (2011)—World War II (1939–1945), Pacific Theater ISBN 9780345497949
A Blaze of Glory (2012)—Civil War (1861-1865), Western Theater, Tetralogy Part 1 of 4 ISBN 9780345527356
A Chain of Thunder (2013)—Civil War (1861-1865), Western Theater, Tetralogy Part 2 of 4 ISBN 9780345527387
The Smoke at Dawn (2014)—Civil War (1861-1865), Western Theater, Tetralogy Part 3 of 4 ISBN 9780345527417
The Fateful Lightning (2015)—Civil War (1861-1865), Western Theater, Tetralogy Part 4 of 4 ISBN 9780345549198
The Frozen Hours (2017)—Korean War (1950-1953) ISBN 9780345549228
To Wake The Giant (2020)—Pearl Harbor, World War II (1939–1945) ISBN 9780593129623
The Eagle's Claw (2021) - Battle of Midway, World War II (1939–1945) ISBN 9780525619444References
"Interview with Jeff Shaara", by Gene Santoro, HistoryNet.com, September 2009.
"Meet Jeff Shaara" official web site
"Author Jeff Shaara" 3 interviews at BookReporter.com: May 16, 2008; November 10, 2006; October 2004.
"Interview with Best-Selling Author Jeff Shaara", by Greg Caggiano, January 24, 2011.External links
Interview on The Rising Tide at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on November 30, 2006
Video or audio interview by Karen Saupe on Inner Compass
Video interview on The Steel Wave
Interview on his father and No Less Than Victory at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on February 4, 2010
Appearances on C-SPAN
In Depth interview with Shaara, September 7, 2003. Discover the Jeff Shaara popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Jeff Shaara books.