In Lee's Last Campaign, Clifford Dowdey explores General Robert E. Lee's final battles with the Army of Northern Virginia as Ulysses S. Grant and the union troops attempt to overwhelm them through the sheer force of their manpower and resources. Kevin Charles has a warm, professorial style while describing Lee's strategic acumen in keeping Grant at bay, rendering Dowdey's research both enlightening and provocative. Civil War aficionados will see Lee's Last Campaign as a stimulating argument for Robert E. Lee's militaristic brilliance during one of his last moments of triumph.
One of the defining works in Civil War studies and should be essential reading for all.
By May 1864, General Robert E. Lee had been transformed from a young soldier into a gray-haired patriarch of the Confederate cause. As Lee struggled to keep his ragged soldiers alive, he faced pressure from two fronts. Grant’s Union Army not only had superior numbers, but a steadfast infrastructure of railroads and industrialized supply routes. Lee’s Last Campaign is a triumph of historic research and elegant writing. In this essential analysis of General Lee’s military strategy, Dowdey follows the triumphs and tragedies of the Army of Northern Virginia as it breathed its last gasps at the end of the Civil War.
©1960 Clifford Dowdey, Copyright renewed 1999, 2011 by Carolyn Dunaway (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This book is an excellent review of Lee's Petersburg campaign through Appomatttox. It is good for the beginner listner as well as a more advanced Civil War historian. The presentation is better than the sample on the listner page would indicate. I would highly recomend this book. It is GREAT!
Considering myself somewhat of a Civil War buff I was a bit taken aback by a few of Mr. Dowdey's conclusions. He strongly believes that Master Robert was almost infallible, Longstreet is overrated, Davis was an idiot, and Jackson had he lived would of made all the difference. The truth is probably somewhere in between what is contained in the book and what we have commonly been taught but he makes some very strong arguments to back up his claims. He fully realizes that some of his conclusions are out of the norm and he takes the time to point out the contrasts. For me these were the most enjoyable parts of the book, hence my 4 star rating for the story.
The production quality is poor. The words are spoken clearly but there are multiple post productions edits. Kevin Charles is OK but he has the type of voice that allowed me drift from time to time.
I do recommend this book but if you are looking for a balanced account you are probably looking in the wrong place.
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