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Crucible of Command : Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee--The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged

By: Davis, William C.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : Da Capo Press, 2015Description: 1 online resource (689 p.).ISBN: 9780306822469.Subject(s): Generals -- United States -- Biography | Grant, Ulysses S., 1852-1929 -- Biography | Grant, Ulysses S., 1852-1929Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Crucible of Command : Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee--The War They Fought, the Peace They ForgedDDC classification: 938.1092367 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Table of Contents; List of Maps ; Preface ; Introduction: Icons; 1. Sons and Fathers; 2. School of the Soldier ; 3. FIghting on the Same Side ; 4. Times of Trial ; 5. A Crisis Made For Them ; 6. "What Has Become of Gen. Lee?"-"Who Is General Grant?"; 7. Lee Frustrated and Grant Victorious; 8. Shiloh and Sevens ; 9. Lee Victorious and Grant Frustrated; 10. "What Have We To Live For If Not Victories?"; 11. Two Rivers to Cross; 12. July 1863; 13. Hints of the Inevitable ; 14. "If Defeated Nothing Will be Left Us to Live For." ; 15. "A Mere Question of Time." ; 16. Meeting Again
17. Grant and Lee in 186818. The Last Meeting ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Acknowledgments; Index
Summary: A dual biography and a fresh approach to the always compelling subject of these two iconic leaders—how they fashioned a distinctly American war, and a lasting peace, that fundamentally changed our nation
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Table of Contents; List of Maps ; Preface ; Introduction: Icons; 1. Sons and Fathers; 2. School of the Soldier ; 3. FIghting on the Same Side ; 4. Times of Trial ; 5. A Crisis Made For Them ; 6. "What Has Become of Gen. Lee?"-"Who Is General Grant?"; 7. Lee Frustrated and Grant Victorious; 8. Shiloh and Sevens ; 9. Lee Victorious and Grant Frustrated; 10. "What Have We To Live For If Not Victories?"; 11. Two Rivers to Cross; 12. July 1863; 13. Hints of the Inevitable ; 14. "If Defeated Nothing Will be Left Us to Live For." ; 15. "A Mere Question of Time." ; 16. Meeting Again

17. Grant and Lee in 186818. The Last Meeting ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Acknowledgments; Index

A dual biography and a fresh approach to the always compelling subject of these two iconic leaders—how they fashioned a distinctly American war, and a lasting peace, that fundamentally changed our nation

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Library Journal Review

Davis (The Pirates Laffite) compares the experiences and leadership styles of Ulysses S. Grant (1822-85) and Robert E. Lee (1807-70) in this dual biography. Grant fought with an optimistic confidence in his ability to change the American Civil War, while Lee showed a spirit of pessimistic fatalism. Grant's confidence led him to underestimate the enemy at times but ultimately brought him victory, while Lee's fatalism ironically freed him to take incredible risks that frequently resulted in battlefield successes, but in the end, contributed to his defeat. Davis debunks many of the myths surrounding the two generals and treats both fairly. A typical chapter describes what the men did during a certain period, offers critiques of their mistakes, and praises their successes. During most of their lives-even during the Civil War-the generals had very little to do with each other; however, the comparisons between the two are helpful for understanding the general sensibilities of North and South. VERDICT Accessible to all readers, this history will appeal to anyone who enjoys comparative biography. Lee and Grant viewed the war very differently and Davis only touches on whose perspective was closer to reality. For a more rigorous assessment of the subjects at the end of the war as well as the lost cause myth, see Elizabeth Varon's Appomattox.-Michael Farrell, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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William C. Davis is the author or editor of more than fifty books in the fields of Civil War and Southern history, as well as numerous documentary screenplays. He was the on-camera senior consultant for 52 episodes of the Arts & Entertainment Network/History Channel series "Civil War Journal," as well as a number of other productions on commercial and public television and the BBC. He has acted as historical consultant for several television and film productions, including "The Blue and the Gray," "George Washington," and "The Perfect Tribute." In September 2013 he retired after thirteen years as Professor of History and Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. He is a three-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award given for book-length works in Confederate History. His book The Battle of New Market is the basis of the motion picture Field of Lost Shoes currently in production and scheduled for release in May 2014. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and serves on several other consultative bodies. He lives near Roanoke, Virginia.

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