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The facts of history cannot be changed, however, and Wert musters them on these pages to advance a bold claim: "Longstreet, not Jackson, was the finest corps commander in the Army of Northern Virginia; in fact, he was arguably the best corps commander in the conflict on either side." Wert describes his subject as strategically aggressive, but tactically reserved. The bulk of the book appropriately focuses on the Civil War, but Wert also briefly delves into Longstreet's life before and after it. Most interestingly, it was framed by a friendship with Ulysses S. Grant, formed at West Point and continuing into old age. Longstreet even served in the Grant administration--an act that called into question his loyalty to the Lost Cause, and explains in part why Wert's biography is a welcome antidote to much of what has been written about this controversial figure. --John J. Miller
Excellent...would have liked a few more maps to follow the movement of the battles.Published 23 days ago by Ellen
This book is a very fair and wonderful tribute to a great general and a great confederate. I loved it.Published 1 month ago by Dave small business owner
Excellent review of General Longstreet's career, both good and bad! Got into the political world of the Confederate Army, which has not been done very much or well.Published 2 months ago by Jack E. Spencer
General James Longstreet is my favorite character from the Civil War. I became interested in him when I read Killer Angels. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William E. James
I did not get this from Amazon, but I recently barrowed a copy from a library, and I am glad to have read this. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer