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5.0 out of 5 stars A Controversial Soldier, January 30, 2001
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This review is from: General James Longstreet: The Confederacy's Most Controversial Soldier (Paperback)
This book is an unbiased ascertainment of the performance of General James Longstreet during the Civil War. The author provides generous detail into the events and life experiences that shaped this man. This book provides significant references to facts and historical records. Most notably, while the author states his own opinions, he also provides the reader with sufficient information upon which reasonable, independent inferences may be made. There are many, often conflicting, accounts of Longstreet's performance and behavior in various Civil War books. Often times, authors refer to substantiating documentation that merely supports their particular view of this controversial figure. The true story of James Longstreet is complicated and complex. There is a great difference between information and indoctrination, and too many authors use the latter to sway audiences to their opinion. This book is refreshing in that it provides information sufficient to allow readers to develop their own opinions. The author is also careful to highlight recognition for General Longstreet's accomplishments and talents as well as his failures and shortcomings. This is definitely one of the best, most objective, Civil War books that I have ever read.
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