By Michael Korda
New York Times bestselling writer Michael Korda's clean, modern unmarried quantity old biography of common Robert E. Lee—perhaps the main well-known and least understood legend in American historical past and one in all our such a lot popular heroes.
Michael Korda, writer of Ulysses S. Grant and the bestsellers Ike and Hero, paints a shiny and admiring portrait of Lee as an excellent normal, a loyal relations guy, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, but who refused command of the Union military in 1861 simply because he couldn't "draw his sword" opposed to his cherished Virginia.
Well-rounded and lifelike, Clouds of Glory analyzes Lee's command in the course of the Civil struggle and explores his accountability for the deadly stalemate at Antietam, his defeat at Gettysburg (as good the various troubling controversies nonetheless surrounding it) and finally, his failed approach for profitable the struggle. As Korda indicates, Lee's dignity, braveness, management, and modesty made him a hero on each side of the Mason-Dixon Line and a respected American icon who's famous this present day because the nation's preeminent army leader.
Clouds of Glory good points dozens of attractive illustrations, a few by no means earlier than obvious, together with twelve pages of colour, twenty-four pages of black-and-white, and approximately fifty in-text conflict maps.
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Publish 12 months be aware: First released November thirtieth 1928
When Liddell Hart's Sherman was once first released in 1929, it acquired encomiums equivalent to these:
"A masterly functionality . . . essentially the most thorougly dignified, the most individual biographies of the yr. "-- Henry Steele Commager, manhattan usher in Tribune
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It was once outfitted of stone,” Rob wrote, remembering the home years later, “large and roomy, with gardens, stables, and pasture plenty. We, the 2 youngest little ones, loved all of it. ‘Grace Darling’ and ‘Santa Anna’ [the pony Lee had acquired for Rob in Mexico] have been there with us, and plenty of an exceptional journey did i've got with my father within the afternoons, whilst, published from his place of work, he could mount his outdated mare and, with Santa Anna sporting me via his aspect, take a 5- or ten-mile trot. although the horse cantered delightfully, he could make me hold him in a trot, announcing playfully that the hammering I sustained used to be strong for me. We rode the dragoon-seat,* no posting, and till I grew to become familiar with it i was very drained by the point I acquired again. ” it truly is general of Lee to have insisted on a seat that should have been as uncomfortable for the pony as for the rider, and Rob may make a similar criticism approximately having to experience visitor with a dragoon seat for his father at one aspect in the course of the Civil conflict a decade later. there's something endearing within the approach that Lee used those father-and-son rides not just to implement a method of driving that was once already out of date yet to make stronger Rob up. Lee used to be a born pedagogue, by no means happier than while his childrens have been studying to do whatever the proper means. Rob describes how his father went to nice difficulty to ensure he realized tips on how to skate, to swim, even to sled. while attainable he taught the youngsters himself. once each one of them was once sufficiently old he despatched, in his absence, lengthy letters of ethical and functional recommendation. A letter he wrote to “My necessary Annie,” then fourteen, from West aspect, is standard in its mix of jovial solid humor and company guide: “I am informed you're becoming very tall, and that i wish very instantly. i don't comprehend what the cadets will say if the Superintendent’s kids don't perform what he calls for of them. ” it's a testomony to Lee’s affection and endurance that his youngsters didn't insurgent; in reality they seem to have thrived. Custis used to be graduated from the U. S. army Academy, and Rooney from Harvard; all 3 of the men served within the accomplice military with contrast, of them as significant generals, the youngest emerging from the rank of personal to that of captain in the various toughest struggling with within the warfare. even supposing Lee’s biographers are inclined to stay away from Freudian hypothesis, it truly is however attention-grabbing that none of his 4 daughters ever married, maybe since it was once tough to discover someone who matched their father’s criteria, maybe simply because he easily remained, through his consistent affection, curiosity, and a focus in every little thing they did, the dominant male character of their lives. In an ideal international all of this may have made Lee precisely the correct guy to be superintendent of West element, yet from the start he felt himself to be in loco parentis for every of his cadets, and set an analogous excessive criteria for them that he did for his personal teenagers. each day other than Sunday the door to his workplace was once open for one hour from six within the morning till seven, with Lee ready at his table in wonderful gown uniform for any cadet who had an ethical or own challenge to percentage with him.