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Stonewall Jackson Hardcover – February 18, 1997
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Robertson's thorough grasp of Jackson's military role in the civil war is exhaustively examined. The only criticism is that the book verges on hagiography, and little questionable or negative material appears in the book. Jackson's generalship should have been more critically examined, instead of making excuses for his mistakes in judgment and execution. Jackson's sometime troubled relationships with subordinates is also glossed over, or the advantage invariably given to Stonewall. Still, this biography is so readable and well-written that its faults are easily overlooked.
Throughout the book, Robertson devotes much attention to Jackson's strong Christian faith both in his beliefs and in his actions. Some other reviewers have found fault with this emphasis but given the predominance of his faith in his daily life, Jackson's religious beliefs could no more be ignored than could an author ignore anti-semitism in a life of Hitler. Jackson's faith was not an ASPECT of his life, in many ways it WAS his life and everything else he did was incidental to his faith.
Contrary to some others, I don't think Robertson has glorified Jackson at all. Although a pious man and a military genius, all of Jackson's many shortcomings as a man and as a commander are brought out in the book. Jackson was a hypochondriac, a contentious subordinate, an incredibly boring and ineffective teacher and a man who saw everything in stark black and white.Read more ›
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Outstanding book about this great man from American history.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The one and only true biography of Stonewall Jackson, particularly about his early years and influences.Published 8 months ago by RonW
Great thorough book on a great man, extensively researched and well written.Published 9 months ago by Jobbo
Wonderfully detailed book. Robertson really makes Old Jack come to life.Published 10 months ago by Uncle Sam
The very best biography of this great soldier, christian and American! Excellent!!!!!Published 11 months ago by James F. Shackelford, III
A very thoroughly researched biography. Probably the last one that ever needs to be written.Published 12 months ago by SEH
This book was an absolute masterpiece. I was never bored throughout the 700+ pages. James Robertson also offers so much detail that you get a deep, personal look at General... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kwan
Well written, well documented, unbiased as a biography of a great person can get. Good for people from 10-100.Published 14 months ago by Gary Voellger