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Robert E. Lee : a biography / by Emory M. Thomas.

By: Thomas, Emory M, 1939-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c1995Description: 472 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0393037304; 9780393037302.Subject(s): Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 | Generals -- United States -- Biography | Generals -- Confederate States of America -- Biography | Confederate States of America. Army -- Biography | Civil wars Military operations | United StatesDDC classification: 973.7/3/092 | B Other classification: 15.85 Summary: The life of Robert E. Lee is a story of triumph - triumph in clearing his family name, triumph in marrying properly, triumph over the mighty Mississippi in his work as an engineer, and triumph over all other military men to become the towering figure who commanded the Confederate army in the American Civil War. But late in life Lee wrote what may be his most revealing phrase. He confessed that he "was always wanting something." This from perhaps the South's greatest hero, the man whose demeanor and presence in war were sufficient to inspire thousands to march to near-certain death. In this probing and personal biography, Emory Thomas's thorough examination of Lee's life reveals more than the man did himself, allowing us to find meaning in Lee's successes and failures. From his struggles as a youth with his father's humiliation, to his frustrating marriage into a proper and prominent family, and his lively relationships with young female friends and relatives, Lee - the uncertain scion, skilled engineer, consummate warrior, and college president - was actually an enigmatic person of latent passions. He lived in limbo between the self-control to which he aspired and the freedom for which he longed.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [449]-457) and index.

The life of Robert E. Lee is a story of triumph - triumph in clearing his family name, triumph in marrying properly, triumph over the mighty Mississippi in his work as an engineer, and triumph over all other military men to become the towering figure who commanded the Confederate army in the American Civil War. But late in life Lee wrote what may be his most revealing phrase. He confessed that he "was always wanting something." This from perhaps the South's greatest hero, the man whose demeanor and presence in war were sufficient to inspire thousands to march to near-certain death. In this probing and personal biography, Emory Thomas's thorough examination of Lee's life reveals more than the man did himself, allowing us to find meaning in Lee's successes and failures. From his struggles as a youth with his father's humiliation, to his frustrating marriage into a proper and prominent family, and his lively relationships with young female friends and relatives, Lee - the uncertain scion, skilled engineer, consummate warrior, and college president - was actually an enigmatic person of latent passions. He lived in limbo between the self-control to which he aspired and the freedom for which he longed.

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Library Journal Review

Gen. Robert Edward Lee was a leader who inspired great devotion among the men who followed him, and he continues to inspire great interest to this day. Thomas (The Confederate Nation, 1861-1865, 1979) presents a fresh look at the general. By examining Lee as a person, the biographer renders him intensely human. Lee is shown to be the son of an unstable father, a frustrated husband, and a devoted parent. He encountered many hardships but became great not "because of what he did ...but because of the way he lived." Given the prodigious number of Lee biographies available, this may be an optional purchase, but it is nonetheless a valuable addition to the studies of the general.‘Robert A. Curtis, Taylor Memorial P.L., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Author of many fine books on the Confederacy, Thomas (Univ. of Georgia) has written an outstanding biography of the South's greatest hero. Based on a complete review of all the primary and secondary sources, this excellent book will be indispensable to scholars and is a valuable addition to the literature on Lee. Using brevity, memorable phrasing, and incisive judgment, Thomas's account is narrative history at its very best with the author emphasizing the human side of Lee. Thomas argues that Lee's great responses throughout his life to the trials he faced on and off the battlefield, rather than his extraordinary accomplishments, are what made this man so great. Acknowledging Douglas Southall Freeman's classic Robert E. Lee, Biography (1943) which presented Lee as a noble military genius, and Thomas L. Connelly's revisionist The Marble Man: Robert E. Lee and His Image in Society (CH, Nov'77) which questioned Lee's character and command, Thomas presents a "post-revisionist," fully alive Lee who in all his great humanity and ability is "both more and less than his legend." Highly recommended, all levels. E. M. Thomas; Gordon College

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