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Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour by [William C. Davis]
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From Publishers Weekly

This portrait puts the emphasis on Davis's private warmth, public coolness, personal insecurity and indecisiveness during the Civil War. Relying mostly on contemporary sources, the author ( Image of the War ) explores how Davis's attitudes and values were developed at West Point and during his Mexican War service and how they were put to the test in his years as U.S. senator, as secretary of war under Franklin Pierce and as president of the Southern Confederacy. The author defends Davis (1808-1889) against the charge that he interfered with his generals, partly by showing how well he and Robert E. Lee worked together. The book also makes clear that Davis lacked managerial skill, was inflexible, could not admit making a mistake and had great difficulty delegating authority. Nevertheless, as the author points out, Davis built the systems that kept the Confederacy afloat from his inauguration in 1862 until he was captured by Union troops in 1865. This is a pragmatic but sympathetic biography that explains why Davis was respected but never loved by the citizens of the Confederate states. Illustrated.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Noted Civil War author Davis now tries his hand at Jefferson Davis, long an enigma to historians. He approaches his subject sympathetically, grounding his book in the quaint notion that the Confederacy was doomed to fail (something neither Jefferson Davis in his day nor most historians today would accept) and viewing events largely through Davis's eyes. The author gives us the public man. He distills the private Davis into a few remarkably perceptive pages (the best in the book), preferring to measure his subject solely by the Civil War standard. Davis comes off as dogged and courageous, but also politically inept and narrowminded. Davis lost the West and his political bearings, though never his conviction for the cause. This new biography supersedes Clement Eaton's Jefferson Davis ( LJ 10/1/77) in verve and detail, but it offers no striking new profile of either the man or his hour. Recommended for university and major public libraries.
- Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • File size : 2645 KB
  • Publication date : December 13, 2016
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 1138 pages
  • Publisher : Lume Books (December 13, 2016)
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B01NCLG9BL
  • Lending : Enabled
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