I love Michael Korda's books for their lucid language and entertaining prose, no matter what his subject may be. Great story-telling. With obvious pleasure in his subject, he explores Lee, the man, with a depth of research to support his instincts. Lee's colorful contemporaries play supporting roles. Battles and horses, too! All against the background of a very very interesting era. Maps in the text are a really nice bonus. A long book, yes, but never, ever tedious. Loved it.