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Robert E. Lee: A Life
 
 
Author
Roy Blount Jr.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.05 x 5 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780143038665
Pages/Publication Date 210/2006
Daedalus Item Code 30306
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With lively storytelling and full-hearted candor, humorist Roy Blount Jr. speaks as a veteran and a Southerner in his concise yet flavorful portrait of Robert E. Lee, illuminating the qualities that made the Confederate general such a charismatic, though reluctant, leader. Blount vividly conveys Lee's audacity and uncanny successes in battle, as well as his humility, his quirky sense of humor, and the sorrowful sense of responsibility he felt for his outnumbered, half-starved army.

"This concise Penguin Life biography can be compared to the Confederate general's Civil War career: valiant, honorable and surprisingly successful with limited resources.... Writing from the perspective of his Southern heritage, Blount exhibits apposite insight and detachment, instantly recognizing anything that has ever been used as a club for beating the South. As to the actual narrative, he is vividly detailed about Lee's disastrous childhood, which led to his famous self-control. The description of his Civil War career supports Grant's verdict of Lee as lucky on the offensive but really formidable only on the defensive, and avoids jargon that might make the military passages inaccessible to the lay reader. The chapter on the postwar Lee is perhaps the most moving part of the book, since it is in that period that the ailing general shows his best self: advocating North-South reconciliation, refusing lucrative commercial offers, and reviving Washington College (now Washington-Lee University) as its president.... As a literate and balanced introduction to a subject whose complexity too many current writers avoid, this book deserves a most respectable ranking among today's Civil War literature."Publishers Weekly

 
 
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