- Series: Leaders in Action
- Hardcover: 332 pages
- Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing; 1st Cumberland ed edition (February 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888952237
- ISBN-13: 978-1888952230
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 1.1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Call of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee (Leaders in Action) Hardcover – February 1, 1997
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Oh really? "United and companionship".
That Robert E. Lee was a great man and general is not in dispute. Suggesting that a whole race of people kept in chains as subhuman, not to mention the next 100+ years of opression after the Civil War, were happy slaves who respected their masters because they shared Christianity is appalling. Simple appalling.
There are many great books on Robert E. Lee that deserve reading. This man's trash does not.
While obviously having a deep respect for Lee's character and moral values, the author discusses his flaws as well. The author, J. Steven Wilkes, quotes extensively from letters, speeches and other correspondence of Lee, his family, and other contemporaries of the General's. The book's author thoroughly understands the Confederate South and it's way of of thinking and doing. For example, while the North declared total war on the South and killed civilians, raped their women, pillaged and destroyed their property, needlessly burned whole cities to the ground and more, the South refused to do the same to the North but rather practiced civilized warfare. While discussing his military career, the book also discusses Lee's family life. He was A Christian who lived what the Bible teaches. I highly recommend this book. Lee is truly an admirable man. I've also read Wilkins book on another truly admirable Southern general Stonewall Jackson. He was also a Christian who lived his life to please God and was a good friend of Lee's. I recommend this book as well.
This book is used in many home schooling curricula, and was recommended for a long time on Michelle Bachman's website as a must read. How a candidate for the highest office in the nation could accept such an ahistorical account of one of the greatest tragedies in our nation is truly frightening.
First, there are inconsistencies between "Call of Duty" and... "Call of Duty"! At one point in the book, Wilkins quotes Lee as saying, "If the slaves of the South were mine, I would surrender them all without a struggle, to avert this war." Later, Wilkins claims that Lee was offended and hurt that anyone thought slavery had anything to do with the war. So answer me this...how could freeing slaves avert a war that had nothing to do with slavery?
Another instance where the book contradicts itself is regarding race relations. Wilkins tries to sell the idea that Southern whites and Southern slaves lived in perfect harmony, respecting each other without the slightest presence of racism. Once again, later in the book this changes...Wilkins tells us of a church in Richmond whose attendees were shocked by a Negro who went up to take Communion! None of the churchgoers, except for Lee, as the story goes, wanted to be the first one to participate with a colored man. How is this possible in a society where racism is absent? Wilkins tries to blame this on Reconstruction, but I doubt a society could go from having no racism whatsoever to this degree of racism in such a short period of time.
The book also contradicts history...notably, regarding Robert Lee and slavery. The book says that Lee never seemed to have owned more than six slaves. This is not true.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fantastic book! Lee was a great man and a great Christian. If you are like me and are lacking in living role models, this book is a big help. Read morePublished 15 months ago by B. E. Helton
The best in depth look into the very spirit and soul of Robert E Lee.Published 19 months ago by thomas thrower
Finally something that makes sense and it's written by a pastor.
Poutting Abe declared war on Lee because Lee chose home defense. Read more
...If it wasn't for Mrs Bachmann mentioning it on her website as recommended reading...that being said, the real point is to what extent does she endorse the context of the book,... Read morePublished on September 12, 2011 by C. Devereaux
Robert E. Lee was one of the greatest traitors in American history. He violated his oath of office to take up arms against the United States of America, and should have been held... Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by M. Bishop
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"Slavery, as it operated in the pervasively Christian society which was the old South, was not an adversarial relationship founded upon racial... Read more