Valley of the Shadow

Valley of the Shadow

4.26 (286 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?


Winner of the 2015 Boyd Award for Literary Excellence in Military Fiction

In the Valley of the Shadow, they wrote their names in blood.
From a daring Confederate raid that nearly seized Washington, D.C., to a stunning reversal on the bloody fields of Cedar Creek, the summer and autumn of 1864 witnessed some of the fiercest fighting of our Civil War--in mighty battles now all but forgotten.
The desperate struggle for mastery of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, breadbasket of the Confederacy and the South's key invasion route into the North, pitted a remarkable cast of heroes in blue and gray against each other: runty, rough-hewn Phillip Sheridan, a Union general with an uncanny gift for inspiring soldiers, and Jubal Early, his Confederate counterpart, stubborn, raw-mouthed and deadly; the dashing Yankee boy-general, George Armstrong Custer, and the brilliant, courageous John Brown Gordon, a charismatic Georgian who lived one of the era's greatest love stories.
From hungry, hard-bitten Rebel privates to a pair of Union officers destined to become presidents, from a neglected hero who saved our nation's capital and went on to write one of his century's greatest novels, to doomed Confederate leaders of incomparable valor, Ralph Peters brings to life yesteryear's giants and their breathtaking battles with the same authenticity, skill and insight he offered readers in his prize-winning Civil War bestsellers, Cain at Gettysburg and Hell or Richmond.
Sharp as a bayonet and piercing as a bullet, Valley of the Shadow is a great novel of our grandest, most-tragic war.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 160 x 241 x 43mm | 680g
  • New York
  • English
  • 076537403X
  • 9780765374035
  • 1,632,169

Review quote

"Those who enjoy Bruce Catton's and Shelby Foote's Civil War histories will find a fictional equal in Peters . . . a superlative novel." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"[Peters] continues his superb chronicle of the Civil War. Peters naturally excels at precise military detailing and brutal battle scenes . . . an absolute must read." --Booklist

"[Peters'] immense knowledge of the tactics and the details of a soldier's life at that time are combined with a narrative drive that kept me turning pages late into the night." --Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn

"His empathy and insight have never been more powerfully expressed. Valley of the Shadow is a blazing masterpiece." --W.E.B. Griffin, New York Times bestselling author

"Historical fiction can do something that not even the best history texts can. It can make the reader say, 'Yes, this is how it felt.' Looking for proof of this? Just open the Ralph Peters novel you are holding." --George F. Will

"Brilliantly conceived and executed, Valley of the Shadow achieves that rare feat of combining genuine reading enjoyment with superb scholarship." --General Sid Shachnow, U.S. Army Special Forces (Retired)

"A gripping novel that is as historically accurate as it is enthralling." --Victor Davis Hanson, author of Carnage and Culture

"Ralph Peters once again superbly demonstrates his complete mastery of the craft of writing historical fiction. . . . Indeed, Peters' great gift as a novelist is to bring real history to life and make readers feel what it was like-is like-to experience combat." --Armchair General
show more

About Ralph Peters

RALPH PETERS, New York Times bestselling author of Cain at Gettysburg and Hell or Richmond, is a retired U.S. Army officer; a strategist and veteran of the intelligence world; a journalist who appears frequently in broadcast media; and a lifelong traveler with experience in over seventy countries on six continents. Combining years of walking Civil War fields and painstaking research with insight gleaned from his own military career, Ralph Peters tells great American tales in a masterful style.
show more

Rating details

286 ratings
4.26 out of 5 stars
5 45% (130)
4 40% (114)
3 12% (33)
2 2% (5)
1 1% (4)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X