Lee

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After his surrender at Appomattox, Robert E. Lee lived only another five years - the forgotten chapter of an extraordinary life. These were his finest hours, when he did more than any other American to heal the wounds between North and South. Flood draws on new research to create an intensely human and a "wonderful, tragic, and powerful . . . story for which we have been waiting over a century" (Theodore H. White).

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Overview

After his surrender at Appomattox, Robert E. Lee lived only another five years - the forgotten chapter of an extraordinary life. These were his finest hours, when he did more than any other American to heal the wounds between North and South. Flood draws on new research to create an intensely human and a "wonderful, tragic, and powerful . . . story for which we have been waiting over a century" (Theodore H. White).

Draws upon research to create an intensely human, dramatic story. In five years Lee did much to heal the wounds between North and South.

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"wonderful, tragic, and powerful . . . story for which we have been waiting over a century."—Theodore H. White

"Unforgettable." The Philadelphia Inquirer

"An American Classic." Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395929742
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1ST MARINE
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 659,905
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2008

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    This book covers, in detail, the 5 ½ years between the military death at Appomattox and physical death in Lexington of Robert E Lee. The narrative takes a little time to get into a comfortable flow as the first six chapters deal with the necessary background of events at Appomattox. From Chapter 7 to the end of the book I found it hard to put down. Demonstrated is Lee¿s desire for the South to rise from defeat, within the law not outside of it. He had a vision for the future, whereas, others such as Jefferson Davis preferred to concentrate their energies on justification of the past. Lee¿s sense of honor shines through clearly with his consistent refusal of figure head job offers. His thoughts and actions were focused on how can this help southerners become better Americans and how to not open old wounds. The efforts of some of the media, through obviously false or distorted stories, and the United States congress, in the hearings of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction to embarrass and entrap Lee show that little has changed in the modus operandi of those organizations since the 19th century. While many of the concepts that transformed Washington College from a classical to a practical education, which Lee understood was what was needed, were not from the mind of Lee the successfully implementation was under his guidance. Lee¿s triumphal two month tour of the eastern states of the old Confederacy in the last year of his life is covered in extremely interesting detail.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2006

    A great interview with General Lee

    At last we are allowed to walk with General Lee after he exits the stage of popular American history. The author keeps the narrative tightly focused on Lee while taking us thru the upheavel of post-war America. It is almost like sitting down in Lee's office for a personal interview. Flood does a great job of relating the character of a man who exceeded his battlefield prowess as civilian role model. Lee is a great example for any leader that has to bring his people thru defeat. A must read for anyone who loves the history behind the facts and figures.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR ALL!

    Our public schools have taught fairy tale history for so long it amazes me! This is one of several books I've read this year encompassing the history of the War Between the States, more to the point War of Northern Aggression. This latest book on General R.E. Lee shows the unquestionable character of a man who upon defeat wanted to see the south recover and thrive. He tried to slip away, but was repeatedly sought out for various leadership roles, the most important as president of Washington College. Aside from this the reader will find truths in the Generals statements about the union government and draw direct links to today.

    Its well past time when the people of the U.S. know the real truths behind why the War Between the States was fought. If they were read, realized and put to voice by all maybe some real change could be affected in this nations leadership!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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