Tomorrow will be the birthday of Pulitzer Prize winning Author Michael Shaara (23 Jun, 1928 – 5 May, 1988). Mr. Shaara’s book, The Killer Angels has been one of my favorites American Civil War novels and his son, Jeff, continues with the tradition.
1 ) Michael Shaara was born to Italian immigrants who spelled their name Sciarra (pronounced the same).
2 ) Mr. Shaara was born in Jersey City, NJ and graduated from Rutgers, the state university.
3 ) He served in the 82nd Airborne Division during The Korean War.
4 ) Before he started selling stories, Mr. Shaara was an amateur boxer and a police officer.
5 ) in the 1950s Mr. Shaara sold science fiction stories to magazines of the genre.
6 ) Mr. Shaara taught literature in Florida State University.
7 ) Michael Shaara wrote 5 novels (The Broken Place (1968), The Killer Angels (1974), The Noah Conspiracy, (also known as The Herald – 1981), Soldier Boy (1982) and For Love of the Game which was published posthumously in 1991.
8 ) In 1972 Mr. shaara had a horrible car accident in which he was nearly killed and never fully recovered.
9 ) After his death, Mr. Shaara’s Billy Boy was published under the title For Love of the Game. The novel was adapted in 1999 to a movie starring Kevin Costner.
Zohar – Man of la Book