With absorbing power, Emory M. Thomas tells the story of one of the most revered figures in American history. A story of triumph and tragedy, this stunning biography provides a fascinating glimpse at the man behind the Civil War legend. Revealing the "whole" Lee in this enthralling, detailed saga, Thomas portrays him as a man driven by the paradoxes in his own personality. Here is the Lee who is both a legend and a man. Heroic and larger than life in battle; insecure and unfulfilled in private life.
Thomas presents the legendary general who inspired millions to support the southern cause, and the humble man who was amazed that thousands flocked to see him near the end of his life. This moving saga paints Lee on a canvas broader than the war that, for many, he has come to personify. Armchair historians and devoted Robert E. Lee buffs alike will enjoy this refreshingly candid portrait of an often honored historical figure.
©1995 Emory M. Thomas (P)1996 Recorded Books
A very interesting study of the times of America before and during the life of Robert E. Lee. Much can be learned about life in the past by such works but I often found myself wondering at what I felt was the injection of personal ideas, and interpretations of the author. I try to imagine how I might have dealt with such issues should I have written the book myself. I plan to take other works on the life of Robert E. Lee and see what they have to say.
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