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Jeff Shaara: 'A Blaze Of Glory'

Shiloh stands as one of the bloodiest clashes in American history, one sealed the fate of the Civil War and cemented the long, drawn out conflict that followed the 1862 battle.

Thursday on Up to Date, author Jeff Shaara talks his own encounter with the Battle of Shiloh as he wrote his new novel, A Blaze of Glory.  The battle claimed nearly 24,000 lives and featured the leadership of Ulysses S. Grant of the North.

Jeff Shaara is in town for a book signing, and today Steve Kraske talks with him about his newest tome as well as his relationship with his Pulitzer Prize-winning late father, Michael Shaara.

HEAR MORE: Jeff Shaara talks about his new novel, A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh, this evening at 7 at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112. Call Rainy Day Books in Fairway at 913 384 3126 for tickets and more information.

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of 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 Tallahassee.  You can read his complete bio here.

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC. You can email him at <a href="mailto:Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org">Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org</a>.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.