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Jeffry Wert's General James Longstreet: a great Civil War biography
As I find myself in the midst of a newfound interest in Civil War history, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. (I first picked it up after having read Shaara's The Killer Angels, which focuses on Longstreet's role in Gettysburg.) This biography is well-written, and I came away from it with a feel for Longstreet as a person. It is also balanced as it conveys shortcomings and mistakes as well as times of greatness. I was so inspired by this book that I joined the Longstreet Society!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2009
A fair and balanced accounting of one of the confederates most outstanding generals. Although branded as controversial, General Longstreet had the intuition and foresight to realize that the terrain at Gettysburg would preclude a confederate victory. In the final analysis, the futile confederate frontal assault on day 3 proved him correct. If being correct brands you as controversial, so be it. The book is well worth reading if you enjoy civil war history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2006
An Avid Fan of Longstreet
Jeffrey Wert has given us an unbiased work on this general who inspired such trust in Lee as well as those who served under him. It's about time some one showed him as he was, good and bad, an exceptional general and one who was not apart from his men. A very good work, and one I am proud to have in my personal library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 28, 2001
A Man Misunderstood
General James Longstreet, in my opinion, was a very competent, and dedicated leader of the Confederacy. Upon completing this book, the reader walks away with a much more thorough understanding of not only the General, but also the man who was James Longstreet. But, having said that, I would have to strongly agree with the previous book review. General James Longstreet's legacy centers largely around the battle of Gettysburg, and his attitudes and opinions after the war! But I also would agree that the battle of Gettysburg was not nearly covered enough to give the reader a better understanding of just what happened at Gettysburg. Besides that, I believe this book lends credence to the fact that General James Longstreet was the greatest commander, on either side, during the civil war!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 5, 2000
The Unfortunate Scapegoat
In my opinion, General James Longstreet was the greatest Corps Commander on either side during the civil war. As this author notes, as due most historians of Longstreet and the civil war, that it would come to be the sultry attitude of Longstreet during the battle of Gettysburg and his political views after the war, that would tarnish the General forever. Throughout this book, the battelfield tactics and strategy of Longstreet are accurately portrayed, confirming once again that he was second-to-none in terms of Corps Commanders. The mention of how much General Lee relied on him, and sought his counsel, only contribute to the ingenuity and resolve that was James Longstreet. However, I found the sections on the battle of Gettysburg, the singular event that would characterize him forever, was not covered sufficiently enough as to add to the reader's knowledge of just what Longstreet's entire role there was!! If you're going to make note of the fact that General Longstreet's legacy centers around the Gettysburg campaign, then you must thoroughly present to the reader a more in-depth account of the battle itself, rather than only a few pages. Proponents of Longstreet, and the south, deserve better!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.