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Lee Paperback – Abridged, August 1, 1997
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I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because Freeman does not glorify Lee, although it is evident that he has a high opinion of Lee. However, Freeman does not disappoint his readers by dwelling on Lee's weak points. He actually does point out his faults, but he does it objectively, and fairly, instead of pouncing on Lee and tearing him apart.
This is the perfect biography of Robert E. Lee to buy if you want to know just why Lee is such a great figure in American history. It is fair, thorough, and very well-written.
Freeman's book is comprehensive and covers the most important events in Lee's illustrious life:
1. Early childhood and humiliation of his father's bankruptcy.
2. Brilliant academic standing at West Point.
3. Brilliant service during the Mexican War that won the admiration of Winfield Scott and others.
4. Stressful family life (experienced many separations from his children and invalid wife).
5. Fateful decision to side with Virginia during the Civil War.
6. Early Civil War service (somewhat indistinguished compared to his later service).
7. Brilliant generalship at 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and other battles.
8. Going up against US Grant the last two years of the war.
9. Last years at Washington and Lee College.
All in all, a highly recommended read of an excellent general!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent history and condensed from the 3 volume Lee's Lieutenants.Published 16 days ago by Roy M Allen
This work as been reviewed by those far more qualified than I. It is a very well edited version of the most comprehensive volume(s) of the life and times of General Lee and the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bruce M. Rank
The new historians have access to a great wealth of computerized research, but they can not capture the romance and mythology of figures like Lee the way Freeman does in this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by fairandbalanced
Some archaic language, but well researched and enjoyable.Published 4 months ago by Robert David Lyons
The four volume edition is a classic, but to condense it down to under 700 pages is disappointing. I read this years ago and would like to see the complete version on Kindle.Published 9 months ago by Gerald M. Hyson
In spite of the overly described battle movements which I could not follow on my device, the bool was still was very goodPublished 9 months ago by Joel A.