Daniel Francis

I enjoyed Killer Angels so much that I pursued my Civil War studies by renting a video of Gettysburg, the made-for-TV movie based on the book. The movie clocks in at somewhere close to four hours, and you have to put up with a lot of famous American actors attempting with little success to imitate famous American generals, but the rewards are in the battle scenes, which greater authorities than myself have called the most authentic ever filmed. The fact that the weapons are so primitive compared to our modern smart bombs and seeing-eye missiles just adds to the pathos. Get out your hankies, this one is pure sadness from beginning to end.

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Daniel Francis

Daniel Francis is a writer and historian. He is the author of two dozen books, including The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture (Arsenal Pulp Press). He lives in North Vancouver. Read more of his work at


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