Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee is many things to many different people, often determined by where you happen to live in the United States. But to anybody who has studied the Civil War, Robert E. Lee is quite possible the greatest general to have ever lived. John Perry has written a brief history of Robert E. Lee, from his childhood to his greatest moments as general of the Confederate Army, to his last years as President of Washington University.

Lee: A Life of Virtue is a part of Thomas Nelson’s The Generals series. The goal of the series is to cut through the pro or negative opinions on Lee and give an unbiased account of his life. Unfortunately, with a personality like Lee, I am not sure that is possible. Perry does an excellent job in sharing the story of Lee for somebody who does not know much about him or the Civil War. I would not recommend this for anyone who wants to dig deep into the life of Lee and his role during the Civil War. Having read Freeman’s classic four volume series on Lee, there was nothing new or surprising in this text.

As I read the book, I thought that it would be an excellent introduction to Lee for a Middle School level class. The writing style is excellent for a younger audience and the book is not filled with footnotes (which I missed!, and a more scholarly study would require). Overall, with the understanding that this book is meant for a younger reader or someone with little or no understanding of the Civil War, I would highly recommend it.

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