Robert E. Lee
"The best and most balanced of the Lee biographies."—New York Review of Books
The life of Robert E. Lee is a story not of defeat but of triumph—triumph in clearing his family name, triumph in marrying properly, triumph over the mighty Mississippi in his work as an engineer, and triumph over all other military men to become the towering figure who commanded the Confederate army in the American Civil War. But late in life Lee confessed that he "was always wanting something."
In this probing and personal biography, Emory Thomas reveals more than the man himself did. Robert E. Lee has been, and continues to be, a symbol and hero in the American story. But in life, Thomas writes, Lee was both more and less than his legend. Here is the man behind the legend.
- June 1997
- 6.1 × 9.2 in
/ 480 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide
Endorsements & Reviews
“A gripping, flesh-and-blood portrait.” — Barrett R. Richardson, Virginia Pilot and Ledger
“Splendid. . . . The most even-tempered and sophisticated portrait that we are likely to see for another thirty years.” — T. Michael Parrish, Civil War News