Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee

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In Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the New York Times bestselling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T. E. Lawrence, has written the first major biography of Lee in nearly twenty years, bringing to life America's greatest and most iconic hero. Korda paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a general and devoted family man who, though he disliked slavery and was not in favor of secession, turned down command of the Union army in 1861 because he ...

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In Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the New York Times bestselling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T. E. Lawrence, has written the first major biography of Lee in nearly twenty years, bringing to life America's greatest and most iconic hero. Korda paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a general and devoted family man who, though he disliked slavery and was not in favor of secession, turned down command of the Union army in 1861 because he could not "draw his sword" against his own children, his neighbors, and his beloved Virginia. He was surely America's preeminent military leader, as calm, dignified, and commanding a presence in defeat as he was in victory. Lee's reputation has only grown in the 150 years since the Civil War, and Korda covers in groundbreaking detail all of Lee's battles and traces the making of a great man's undeniable reputation on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line, positioning him finally as the symbolic martyr-hero of the Southern Cause.

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Publishers Weekly
★ 04/28/2014
In this exhaustive study, former Simon & Schuster editor-in-chief Korda (Ulysses S. Grant) examines the life of Robert E. Lee from start to finish, illuminating not just the man, but his extended family and the society which produced him. While Korda's treatment verges on hero worship, he explores Lee's qualities and contradictions thoroughly, approaching him first and foremost as a state patriot, loyal to Virginia before any other cause. He further presents Lee as a military genius, a brilliant engineer (Lee re-channeled the Mississippi River near St. Louis), a spiritual descendant of George Washington, an embodiment of Napoleonic tactics, and a living legend in his own time. History has supported most of these claims; Korda backs up the rest with an accessible and authoritative account of Lee's career. Naturally, while Lee's schooling and early service are covered, the bulk of this book is reserved for the events of the Civil War. The size of this tome is intimidating but fitting, given its subject: Lee, the famed American general whose legend still looms long after the end of the Civil War. If not the gold standard for Lee biographies, this is a superbly engaging offering. Agent: Lynn Nesbit, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc. (May)
Boston Globe
“Lively, approachable, and captivating…Llike Lee himself, everything about Clouds of Glory is on a grand scale.”
Christian Science Monitor
“Korda clearly has command of his subject...[Clouds of Glory] is well-considered and amply documented. Military buffs will find much to feast on.”
BookPage
“Monumental.”
Library Journal
12/01/2013
Best-selling author Korda offers an excellent companion to his Ulysses S. Grant. With a 150,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-30
A masterful biography of the beloved Civil War general. Former Simon & Schuster editor in chief and acclaimed biographer Korda (Hero: Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, 2010) is well-acquainted with heroes of the ages and has learned to present his subjects as true human beings with foibles, faults and failures. Robert E. Lee's (1807-1870) days at West Point showed him to be a master engineer and master of maneuvers, talents borne out in the Mexican-American War and in the making of St. Louis as an important port on the Mississippi River. Those abilities came into play throughout the Civil War, as he built the defenses for Northern Virginia that protected it when all seemed lost. George Washington was Lee's idol, and during his schooling, he discovered the writings of Napoleon, which he applied throughout his life—especially the use of speed, audacity and élan to defeat an army twice the size of his forces. Lee was a member of one of Virginia's oldest families, and his devotion was to his state, family and country, in that order. He felt that secession was unmerited and that slavery should not be extended but be allowed to dwindle away. Korda's clear descriptions of Lee's battles illuminate his closest subordinates, especially Stonewall Jackson and James Longstreet, his curious methods of leading and his incredible patience. The author also points out that, as a gentleman, Lee would never raise his voice in anger, and he avoided confrontation and gave his orders as "if practicable"—unfortunately, that became a way out for those who disagreed with his strategies and "knew better." It was Lee who kept the South going as his barefoot army starved and froze but followed him with unqualified devotion. Lee is a man for the ages, and Korda delivers the goods with this heart-wrenching story of the man and his state. Readers with the stamina for long biographies should follow this book with S. G. Gwynne's biography of Stonewall Jackson, Rebel Yell, to publish in September.< BR>★
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483004273
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2014
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 603,367

Meet the Author

Michael Korda is the author of Ulysses S. Grant, Ike, Hero, and Charmed Lives. Educated at Le Rosey in Switzerland and at Magdalen College, Oxford, he served in the Royal Air Force. He took part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and on its fiftieth anniversary was awarded the Order of Merit of the People's Republic of Hungary. He and his wife, Margaret, make their home in Dutchess County, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    The 1 star rating is Not for the book. There is no point checkin

    The 1 star rating is Not for the book. There is no point checking this page for reviews when idiots continue to post nonsense remarks like most of the ones here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

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    I was thrilled reading Clouds of Glory. I knew a little about Ro

    I was thrilled reading Clouds of Glory. I knew a little about Robert E. Lee from high school, but this book really delivered! I was impressed with the level of detail. I really felt like I came away from this book knowing the ins and outs of Lee’s successes, struggles, failures, and priorities. What an amazing man and what an amazing book.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Any historian who cited Wikipedia and popular fiction as sources

    Any historian who cited Wikipedia and popular fiction as sources (as this author does) would have flunked out of any class I ever taught or took. Popular and revisionist, and would have benefited from tight editing and proofreading. A lot of dates are wrong.

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    Posted May 29, 2014

    Other vendors screen reviews before posting.  I get tired of hav

    Other vendors screen reviews before posting.  I get tired of having to scroll through garbage to read a legitimate review! But I want to read this book, so I will give it 4 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Still reading the book. The information that is actually about

    Still reading the book. The information that is actually about Robert E. Lee, his life, his family, and career is very informative. But the author's incessant editorial about slavery and what he thought Robert E. Lee should have thought is very distracting.


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    Posted June 14, 2014

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    Posted May 17, 2014

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    Posted May 15, 2014

    Cyrus' Bio

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    Posted May 14, 2014

    Characters needed

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    Posted June 13, 2014

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