Thursday, October 28, 2010

BookSneeze Review: Lee (The Generals)

Boy....am I ever behind on getting this review posted. *shaking head*  It's a good book too. I just let things get in the way of posting this review. So....without waiting any longer. Here is my review.




 Description from the Publisher: 

A powerful, compact biography of Robert E. Lee, focusing on how his intrinsic goodness shaped everything from his battle tactics to his treatment of his troops.
It’s no surprise that Robert E. Lee graduated second in his class from West Point. His four years there were marked by exemplary conduct and nary a demerit. He went on to become one of the most successful generals of the Confederate army during the American Civil War, inspiring his troops with his unselfish character and devotion to duty. Lee’s string of victories earned him praise on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. He was admired for his tactical success in battle, and even after surrendering to Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomatox court house, his example of conduct for thousands of ex-Confederates made him a legend. After the war, he assumed the presidency of Washington College and devoted the remainder of his life to setting an example of conduct. He remains one of the most distinguished military heroes of all time.

 It's amazing. In school, history just wasn't something I was interested in. As an adult, I can't get enough of it. And since we are now a homeschooling family I am always on the lookout for books for the children in the future. A lot of time all you get is one side of the story. John Perry, the author, does a good job showing all sides of Genereal Lee. This book also confirms more of what I have been learning over the past few years. In school they made it seem like the Civil War was all about slavery. When it actually was only a part of it. It's amazing all the things you never learn in high school history. 

So, for someone wanting to get more in depth on a key player in the Civil War this would be a good book to read. It will definitely be placed on our bookshelf of resource books for history. If me children keep up with their interest in the Civil War this will become a invaluable book. :-)

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