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Douglas Southall Freeman’s Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Robert E. Lee was greeted with critical acclaim when it was first published in 1935. Stephen Vincent Benét said “There is a monument—and a fine one—to Robert E. Lee at Lexington. But this one, I think, will last as long.” This reissue of Richard Harwell’s abridgment fulfills Benét’s prophecy, chronicling all the major aspects and highlights of the general’s military career, from his stunning accomplishments in the ...

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Overview

Douglas Southall Freeman’s Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Robert E. Lee was greeted with critical acclaim when it was first published in 1935. Stephen Vincent Benét said “There is a monument—and a fine one—to Robert E. Lee at Lexington. But this one, I think, will last as long.” This reissue of Richard Harwell’s abridgment fulfills Benét’s prophecy, chronicling all the major aspects and highlights of the general’s military career, from his stunning accomplishments in the Mexican War to the humbling surrender at Appomattox.

More than just a military leader, Lee embodied all the conflicts of his time. The son of a Revolutionary War hero and related by marriage to George Washington, he was the product of young America’s elite. When Abraham Lincoln offered him command of the United States Army, however, he choose to lead the confederate ranks, convinced that his first loyalty lay with his native Virginia. Although a member of the planter class, he felt that slavery was “a moral and political evil.” Aloof and somber, he nevertheless continually inspired his men by his deep concern for their personal welfare.

Freeman’s achievement is the full portrait of a great American—a distinguished, scholarly, yet eminently readable classic that has linked Freeman to Lee as irrevocably as Boswell to Dr. Johnson.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684829531
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 242,831
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Southall Freeman, the son of a Confederate soldier, was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1886. He was commissioned to write a one-volume biography of Lee in 1915, but his research and writings over two decades produced four large volumes. Freeman won another Pulitzer Prize for his six-volume definitive biography of George Washington. He died in 1953.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    One of the Best Biographies I have ever read

    This is simply an amazing book. The original biography is 4 volumes long and in this book it is condensed into 1, and in my opinion without losing any detail or flavor of the original. Simply an amazing read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2002

    Freeman is the authority on RE Lee

    Outstanding biography! This is for the serious scholar who wants to know the details about one of history's most facinating figures. Look in the bibliography section of any Lee bio and chances are you will see reference to Freeman's 'Lee'. Rightly so. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author. Freeman's strength is in the details and the way he uses Lee's own words as well as his contemporaries throughout the book. The best book about Lee without a doubt.

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