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Please try again later. I'm about three quarters of the way through this book and I've been enjoying it very much. It was a little slow going in the beginning because much of the book relies on Lee's actual writing and that of people in his sphere. It took a little while getting used to the nineteenth-century writing. But what created this challenge was what eventually made me appreciate this book.
You can glean a person's mind by reading their personal letters.
Lee by Michael Fellman is published. Ms Pryor's other writings were excellent but this work outshines the rest. Norton and Company, Noah Andre Trudeau is the author of many books, including Robert E. Lee monument in a large field on the outskirts of Richmond.
Anyone interested in probing this historic figure - would do well by acquiring this book. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. If anyone is interested in doing research for writing, whether it be biographies or any other historical writings, this book should be a motivation to "get the facts" first.
This is just a monumental piece. Ms Pryor's other writings were excellent but this work outshines the rest. I used her references to add to the location of other historical documents. Worth the purchase price and then some.
Growing up with D. Freeman's version of history makes reading Pryor's version a dramatic experience. Her access to much new Lee family correspondence offers a novel perspective on the iconic Southern hero.
One's mind is forced open to fresh, perhaps a more realistic view of the man and his time. Like all people his strengths and weaknesses are linked. Lee's loyalty to Virginia over his country remains a mystery. His views after hardened and moved towards State's rights and anti-Federal Government. Lee's struggles with his values versus other emotions remains an issue today for every American Pryor's emphasis on Arlington as Lee's home deserves a book omits own.
Imagine a book that won awards named for Lincoln and one for Jefferson Davis! A credit to historians everwhere. Interesting book and a somewhat different take on this famous General. This book takes the reader to a different place in the life of Robert AE Lee and rather than a authors perception it depends more on Lee's own correspondence. This book has a propensity to be a little dry in some places but overall a good addition to anyones civil War Library.
A different way to study history instead of a story.. I have recommended this to friends.
Very interesting in that it gives one a look at the human side of the Marble Man. Having read a couple of reviews in the "main stream" print media that appeared to celebrate this book's exposure of Robert E. Lee's true sentiments about slavery e. Reading it, however, revealed something altogether different -- Lee was a man of his times high society in the antbellum south, 19th Century and also a real and very moral man, who focused more on the practical than the theoretical. Lee wasn't the icon that he is held to be, even to this day, in many parts and in many hearts of the South.
She dramatized the presence of a whipping post for errant slaves, with little proof that it was ever used.
But as is often the case with historians who delve deeply into their subjects, her heart was touched the humanity, grace and character of Lee, through a thorough and scintillating read of private letters that had been locked away in a bank vault for more than a century. Things I learned in the book: He was a mega-flirt, but never unfaithful to or threatened by his strong-willed, secure and relatively independent wife.
He loved the company of others, particularly his fellow soldiers and officers. None of three daughters ever married. He was confident yet humble,loved his family, and had a tireless devotion to duty, both an an engineer and a soldier. He, not unlike almost anyone who has ever served in the military, expressed his share of frustrations with the military life, and even showed a little jealousy when peers were promoted ahead of him but also showing that he was not particularly adept at, or fond of, politics.
Except, possibly, for his flirtations, apparently done with the full knowledge of Mary Lee, none of this would be a surprise to any devotee or student of the General. What they have done to bring peace to the world A Look Inside: Reminiscences of Levi Coffin. Popular Latest Comments Tags. African-American Newspapers February 10, Search Blog and Collection Descriptions.
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Memoirs of Robert E. Lee has 41 ratings and 6 reviews. Antietam. Fredericksburg . Chancellorsville. Gettysburg. Appomattox. Great battles of the United St. Though destitute and dying of cancer, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant penned his memoirs that fill two volumes. He dies soon after completion. Robert E. Lee died less.
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