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this book gave a good level of detail book gave a good level of detail the battles and Lee s decisions but it didn t bog down If you are interested in the military history of the Civil War you should look elsewhere This is a good short introduction into Lee s life Growing p in Montgomery Alabama I only knew of Robert E Lee as a cement colored man sitting
on a horse the name of a rival high school during football season and the reason for a state holiday book opens Babys Watch / A Hero of Her Own up to me the boy and the man who loved his parents and his wife who doted over his darling children and won over all animals as personal pets I discovered Lee as a romantic gentleman who would have been just happy farming his land But his people had been Virginians longer than they had been Americans so he took command of his southern soldiers and lead them into what he always described as hell Some amateur critics complain that this isn t a comprehensive treatment butltimately that s a complaint rooted in laziness If you want a fuller coverage of Lee s life s events most of the relevant materials are readily available Blount focuses on the hardest and most speculative component which is what Lee though Having heard Roy Blount on NPR discussing his new book on onomatopoeia in prose this little volume called to me from my shelf It is an entertaining and fair appraisal by an intelligent Southerner about one of the region s major personalities I had always heard that Lee freed his slaves before the war but this book has taught me Lee s gradualist abolitionist *Tendencies Put Far Too Much *put far too much on the gradual It is hard not to think of the carnage that would have been avoided if this one man had rated liberty of all people above defense of his state All in all this is pleasantly written human portrait of a large figure from a morally confused time Mixed feelings on this Clearly not intended to be an all inclusive history of the man I appreciated the short form but so much of Blount s offering is but speculation We get it emotionally overbearing mother the shadow of his fuck p father and the desire to protect his home of Virginia led him to his position with the Confederacy Presenting Lee as a decent slave owner and conflicted defender of the succession doesn. Ader Blount delves into his family history and his personality He illustrates how descended from two illustrious families Lee embodied the best of all their traits and became Lincoln's first choice to lead the Union troops in 1861 But Lee's Virginia roots drew him instead to the Confederate command Blount vividly conveys not only his am. An excellent short biography of Lee Blount doesn t portray the general
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either a hero villian but as someone who felt that he had no choice but to take the path he did Lee had a somewhat negative view of slavery albeit in a paternalistic kind of way and thought that secession was a mistake but in the end his ties were with Virginia rather than the United States Blount s writing is sually filled with amusing digressions but there is little of that here or correctly he saves it all Sweet Valentine upntil the end After the end of the biography proper there are three appendices Speculation on the psychology behind Lee biography proper there are three appendices Speculation on the psychology behind Lee decisions Lee s Humor and Lee s Attitude Toward Slavery Until those appendices Blount pretty much leaves himself out of things his writing is straightforward and informativeI probably shouldn t even bother but I can t help commenting on another review here from June 2011 I don t The Rancher and the City Girl understand it at all There are three or so pages in the Speculation appendix about feet and around 70 pages than a third of the book dealing with Lee s conduct of the war I think that one can be safely ignored Why do so many Americans consider Robert E Lee one of the good Confederates It is a phenomenon that started right after the Civil War and continues today Probably because he was not personally offensive Personally he was kind and genuinely religious and disliked slavery etc But his actions in the battlefield were responsible for prolonging the Civil War advancing the cause of slavery immiserating thousands and causingntold destruction At the same time his military successes ensured that the war would drag on the South would be ravaged and impoverished by the war and slavery would end Perhaps he was an instrument in God s hands This excellent short biography wrestles with those estions It also delves into Lee
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S PSYCHOLOGY THE BURDEN OF A psychology the burden of a who disgraced the family honor in a culture that placed honor above all else the overcompensation of being the perfect person the man received NO demerits as a West Point cadet he was literally the perfect student his relationship with his mother and his wife and lots of other minefieldsI ll be honest one of the reasons I liked this book is because it was relatively short I wanted to learn about Lee but I didn t need a blow. Iconic Virginian brilliant general and complex human being it is this last facet of Robert E Lee that is rarely seen But now Roy Blount Jr combines acute character insight with lively storytelling and a full hearted Southern directness to craft this niue personal portraitFascinated by what made Lee into such a great though reluctant le. .
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T change who he fought for the why is interesting sure but anyone who didn t think there was a fallible human being behind the legend ltimately created in his image has forgotten how much America prefers a good story to the full one Blount s biography of Robert E Lee is short general and weird It s ideal for a casual reader who doesn t know anything at all about Lee aside from his leadership role in the Army of Northern Virginia #Having read ite a few histories of the eastern campaigns and # read ite a few histories of the eastern campaigns and the g Roy Blount Jr s short biography of Robert E Lee is an idiosyncratic book It s broadly organized into two parts a biography running a brisk 160 pages and a 45 page section of appendicesThe biographical half o I recently watched Ken Burns series on the Civil War and was inspired to learn about some of the key players Lee is wrapped in so much mystiue and I recently visited Arlington so I decided to start with him I enjoyed this brief and modern take on Lee from Southern humorist Roy Blount Jr It is part of a series called Penguin Lives that are biographies written by modern authors but not necessarily historians Written in the early 2000s before our current spate of history erasing the biography takes a critical but not destroying look at Lee and
spends time in the book and in a separate appendix parsing out the evidence for his feelingstime in the book and in a separate appendix parsing out the evidence for his feelings slavery details are scant which come down to no he wasn t a harsh slave master but he was firmly part of the slave owning South Of note Union general and later president US Grant s wife also owned slaves The biography dealt with much of course including Lee s pet hen his complicated relationship with his father Rev War hero Light Horse Harry Lee and the fact he never carried a weapon during the war borrowing the sword he wore to the surrender to Grant It was an interesting and short read about a pivotal person in America s history who was just as flawed as the rest of them This book has been part of my larger foray into reading about Lee and with *That Context I Would *context I would this was a helpful short biography Blount gives plenty of facts but also lots of opinion which is fine especially as he is fairly pfront about his occasional psychoanalyzing My take on Lee isevolving Perhaps coming Marrying Well up withestions than answers. Bition and courage but also his humility and humor and his sorrowful sense of responsibility for his outnumbered outgunned half starved army Robert E Lee the first succinct biography of this American legend will appeal to history and military buffs proud Southerners and every reader curious to discover the man behind the military leader.