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Robert E. Lee : a Penguin life

Author: Roy Blount, Jr.
Publisher: New York : Lipper/Viking, 2003.
Series: Penguin lives series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Iconic Virginian, brilliant general, and complex human being---that last aspect of Robert E. Lee has daunted biographers and been disregarded by partisans. Now Roy Blount Jr. combines acute character insight with lively storytelling and full-hearted Southern directness to craft this unique portrait. Fascinated by what made Lee such a charismatic, though reluctant, leader, Blount delves into the influences of Lee's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Robert E Lee; Robert E Lee
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roy Blount, Jr.
ISBN: 0670032204 9780670032204
OCLC Number: 50548811
Description: 210 p. ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Penguin lives series.
Responsibility: Roy Blount, Jr.
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Iconic Virginian, brilliant general, and complex human being---that last aspect of Robert E. Lee has daunted biographers and been disregarded by partisans. Now Roy Blount Jr. combines acute character insight with lively storytelling and full-hearted Southern directness to craft this unique portrait. Fascinated by what made Lee such a charismatic, though reluctant, leader, Blount delves into the influences of Lee's illustrious but scandal-clouded ancestry, his hero-turned-scapegrace father, and his beloved, beautiful, husband-forsaken mother. In 1861 Lee was Lincoln's first choice to lead the Union troops, but his Virginia roots drew him, instead, to Confederate command. Blount vividly conveys Lee's audacity and uncanny successes in battle, and also his humility, his quirky humor (certain jokes in particular), his faults as a communicator, and his sorrowful sense of responsibility for his outnumbered, half-starved army. Robert E. Lee, the first brief biography of this American legend, will appeal to history and military buffs, students of Southern culture, and every reader curious about the makeup of a man born to be a myth.

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