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- Listening Length: 32 hours and 56 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 13, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JLMU7D8
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Grant'; T.E. Lawrence of Arabia and Dwight D. Eisenhower Michael Korda is not a trained Civil War historian so he adds a fresh look at Lee from the perspective of an author who has done his research to produce the best Lee biography in years.
Robert E. Lee was the son of Light Horse Harry Lee the American Revolutionary War hero, Governor of Virginia and scion of old Virginia. Light Horse Harry was also a man burdened by scandal who became bankrupt dying in disgrace. R. E. Lee cared for his invalid mother. Lee graduated from West Point in 1829 graduating second in his class. He wed a wealthy woman and was enabled to live at Arlington. Lee was in awe of George Washington his beau ideal of a soldier and leader. Lee and Mary had seven children. Three of them were boys'; all served in the Confederate Army.
Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia on June 1, 1862. In short order Lee led his outnumbered troops in battle winning victory at the Seven Days near Richmond'; Second Manassas, Antietam (a draw against the Army of the Potomac under the sluggish leadership of George B. McClellan) Fredricksburg and Chancellorsville (it was at this battle that Lee lost Stonewall Jackson who died on May 10, 1863 after he had been wounded by his own men). Lee and his troops met defeat at Gettysburg but continued to fight to the bitter end against Grant in the Overland Campaign which ended with surrender on April 9, 1865.
All of these facts are well know to historians.Read more ›
My one serious complaint is that the book shares a problem that seems to plague Civil War books: the maps are lousy. It's not clear just where they are from -- each one is accompanied by a credit to the Freeman biography, even one or two which clearly didn't come from there (!), and there is no further explanation (at least not in the Kindle edition) -- but they don't fit this book well. In particular, they frequently violate the basic rule that any place or feature which is mentioned in the text *should be on the map*, so the reader is often left guessing about the details of the action. Not as bad as some I've seen, but not great. The limitations of the Kindle format don't help, either: some of the maps and images are too small, and enlarging them doesn't help because they were digitized at too low a resolution.
(And speaking of limitations of the Kindle, endnotes that aren't properly linked to the text are a tremendous pain to use, given that the page numbers are meaningless and it's difficult to quickly flip back and forth between text and notes. Including an apology for this isn't a substitute for fixing it.)
The reader that is unfamiliar with Lee and/or the Civil War will have a pleasant read, but will come away confused by the high degree of admiration constantly expressed by Korda -- he claims Lee to be a great battlefield genius, but then points out mistake after mistake that he made.
It was refreshing that Korda spends 20+% of the book pre-Civil War to examine Lee's character and characteristics so to allow deeper examination of his acts during the Civil War, but this is definitely the highlight of the book. Descriptions of the action and troop movements during both the Mexican and Civil Wars seemed repetitive (especially as the maps, most copies of 1930's era maps and nearly unreadable on a Kindle) all followed by the same arguments that Longstreet always argued with Lee, and that Lee didn't have to spell out what he was thinking to Stonewall Jackson because Jackson always knew what Lee wanted.
I read a lot of histories and biographies. Good biography uses original sources to come up with new points of view on well-known subjects. Korda rehashes what other authors have said on key topics -- he even uses Wikepdia as a source several times! Save your money and read about the Civil War on-line!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A real pleasure to read and very educational. It offered insights into his thinking and his personality. I highly recommend it.Published 15 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I recently finished reading “Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee” by Michael Korda. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Mike Powers
This is a wonderfully detailed book. I enjoyed the personal glimpses into this man's life and the pluses and minuses of his character as it applied to his military strategies and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Rose A. Miller
Enjoyed the view of a great leader, warrior, father and husband as seen by this author. He does a fine job of telling his story while allowing the human side to equal the mythical... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
My only real complaint is is that the author seems to have a predilection for run on sentences. He frequently uses the em dash to insert material that usually does more to confuse... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this for husband. He was in the middle of another book, but got so interested in this one once he started that he couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 21 days ago by cortnie7
I bought this book for my husband to take on our cruise and he loved it. We live close to Stratford the Lee family home and so we went to visit the home and grounds and then he... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jani Hager
Another hagiography of Lee. Someone needs to tell this author that Lee LOST the war and given better Union generals he would have been wiped out at Antietam and Gettysburg as well... Read morePublished 2 months ago by major