Jeff Shaara

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Jeffrey Shaara
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Jeff Shaara at a book signing in Dallas, TX.
Born (1952-02-21) February 21, 1952 (age 63)
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Ethnicity Italian American
Alma mater Florida State University
Genre Historical fiction
Notable works Gods and Generals, The Last Full Measure
Relatives Michael Shaara (Father, deceased), Lila Shaara (Sister)

Jeffrey M. "Jeff" Shaara (born February 21, 1952) is an American novelist, 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 Tallahassee.

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 penned thirteen New York Times bestselling novels.

He completed a trilogy in 2010 about World War II in the European and North African theaters. A fourth WWII novel, titled The Final Storm, covers the end of the war in the Pacific, and was released on May 17, 2011.[1]


Shaara has received the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction from the American Library Association 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.[2]

He has also been awarded the Lincoln Forum's "Richard Nelson Currant Award", New York Civil War Round Table's "Bell I. Wiley Award", and Florida State University's "Artes Award" as a Distinguished Alumnus.

Movies Based on His Works[edit]

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 9780345464880


Upcoming Work[edit]

He has finished working on the third volume in current Civil War series, which follows many of the same characters through the next major struggle in Tennessee and north Georgia. The fourth and final volume, due out in 2015, will cover the final campaigns of the war from Atlanta through Sherman's last victory against Joe Johnston in North Carolina[3]

His next project will focus on the War for Texas Independence.[3] Following this book, Shaara states that he'll move onto "the Korea story, and after that, something set during the Vietnam era."[3]


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