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Douglas Southall Freeman

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"David Johnson's even-handed biography of Douglas Southall Freeman exactly limns an extraordinary man. The Doc, as we newsmen knew him, would be pleased."
--James J. Kilpatrick

Everyone interested in American history, especially the Civil War years, owes an enormous debt to Douglas Southall Freeman (1886-1953). His acclaimed biographies, including Lee's Lieutenants and the Pulitzer Prize-winning R. E. Lee, are still widely read and enjoyed. Freeman was awarded another Pulitzer for George Washington, and those six...

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Overview

"David Johnson's even-handed biography of Douglas Southall Freeman exactly limns an extraordinary man. The Doc, as we newsmen knew him, would be pleased."
--James J. Kilpatrick

Everyone interested in American history, especially the Civil War years, owes an enormous debt to Douglas Southall Freeman (1886-1953). His acclaimed biographies, including Lee's Lieutenants and the Pulitzer Prize-winning R. E. Lee, are still widely read and enjoyed. Freeman was awarded another Pulitzer for George Washington, and those six volumes remain the definitive work on the first president. Such literary accomplishments would be enough for many writers, but Freeman researched and wrote his books while simultaneously editing a daily newspaper, the Richmond News Leader, from 1915 to 1949 and broadcasting the news twice a day on WRNL Radio.

Freeman's influence was not confined to Virginia or the South, nor was his expertise limited to studying the past. During World War I, Pres. Woodrow Wilson read Freeman's daily reports about the conflict in Europe. Freeman also acted as friend and advisor to world leaders like Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower. Time Magazine honored him with a cover story and the reporters from Life tried in vain to keep up with his schedule.

At last, David E. Johnson has produced the first book about this legendary figure and his numerous achievements. Comprehensive in scope and exhaustively researched, Douglas Southall Freeman stands as a biography worthy of its subject.

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Freeman (1886-1953) is probably best known for his historical works on the Civil War, including and . This biography recounts his life in Virginia, his activities as a newspaper editor and radio broadcaster, and, of course, his work as a historian. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589800212
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.67 (d)

Meet the Author

David E. Johnson serves as senior counsel to the attorney general of Virginia. He graduated from the College of William and Mary and the T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. He lives with his wife, Holly, and their three children in Midlothian, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Prologue 9
Chapter 1 "Plenty of Work and Opportunity" 15
Chapter 2 "Heroes Held First Place" 33
Chapter 3 "I Aim at Many Things" 57
Chapter 4 "A Future Large with Promise" 79
Chapter 5 "A Lever, Not a Club" 106
Chapter 6 "Above All, Be Clear" 132
Chapter 7 "Lee Come to Life Again" 163
Chapter 8 "Separation Is Better Than Deception" 190
Chapter 9 "Adventure with the Clock" 206
Chapter 10 "Glorious and Fascinating Work" 229
Chapter 11 "The Sanest and Soundest Observer" 252
Chapter 12 "The Thing Is Well Done" 279
Chapter 13 "I Have Lived Sternly" 308
Chapter 14 "Life Has Begun" 323
Chapter 15 "That Is My Message" 343
Epilogue 355
Appendix 1 359
Appendix 2 362
Appendix 3 364
Notes 370
Bibliography 453
Acknowledgments 466
Index 470
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