Clouds of Glory - Michael Korda

Clouds of Glory

By Michael Korda

  • Release Date: 2014-05-13
  • Genre: United States
  • Size: 11.62 MB
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Description

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 one of America's greatest, most iconic heroes.

Korda paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a general and a 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.

Clouds of Glory features dozens of stunning illustrations, some never before seen, including eight pages of color, sixteen pages of black-and-white, and nearly fifty battle maps.

Reviews

  • Clouds of Glory

    5
    By Greenrodeo
    Magnificent read. Especially for those who have the ability to appreciate history and it’s greatest characters without political correctness revisionism. The book presents Lee in a way that allows us to see “the marble man” as he really was. A man torn between doing what he believed was right and the love for family, his country and his state. The author skillfully shows that Lee was a figure who had his own flaws as well the flaws of the culture in which he was raised but within the time period in which he lived his astounding leadership, his gentle demeanor and his aggressive military capabilities made him a hero in the South and a feared and hugely respected figure in the North. Many facts are revealed in this book that will surprise readers, including Lee’s engineering accomplishments impacting civilian life before and after the Civil War as well as the fact that Lincoln offered him the command of the Union armies at the outbreak of the war. In addition that he served as The Superintendent of West Point before the war, lost all his wealth and his home (The Custis Mansion, now part of Arlington Cemetery) during the war.
  • Clouds of Glory

    5
    By Yellerhead
    Great book which offers magnificent insight to the real Robert E. Lee and the many issues surrounding the Civil War!

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