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Robert E. Lee

de 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.… (més)
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Lee was not as heroic as I had been led to believe, but he was an interesting and mainly decent man, it seems, and worthy of honor. He was a victim or many unfair circumstances. ( )
  herbcat | Sep 23, 2010 |
Really 3.5 stars. Generally good, short biography of R.E. Lee in the stellar Penguin Lives series.

Given the sheer number of Lee biographies this one seems unnecessarily slight. @ just 163 pages. Well informed, readable and stimulating. The appendices are fine except the historical psycoanalysis contained in the first, longest and aptly named, "Speculation". ( )
  Smiley | Mar 12, 2009 |
Blount tells the story of the Virginia soldier with humor, compassion, and honesty. While Lee was not an apologist for slavery, he wasn't the most tolerant man in the land either. He certainly had some issues to contend with, ranging from an unhappy wife to his very small feet (size 4 1/2). Something drove him to ride far from home on his horse and it wasn't the Confederacy. ( )
  RebeccaReader | Aug 8, 2007 |
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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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