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Free download Robert E Lee 109 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. Growing up in Montgomery Alabama I only knew of Robert E Lee as a cement colored man sitting erect on a horse the name of a rival high school during football season and the reason for a state holiday This book opens 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 hellSummary â E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Roy Blount Jr.
Free download Robert E Lee 109 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 uniue personal portraitFascinated by what made Lee into such a great though reluctant le. 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 uite a few histories of the eastern campaigns and gleaned the general details about Lee s life through those books background information I found this mostly useful for information on Lee s father and early childhood The book is largely complimentary of a figure whose aura rivals even Washington s in the South even as Blount devotes an entire appendix to Lee s difficult relationship with slavery Lee s attitude was one of deep disdain rather than public condemnation I found the biography strange for its freuent sidebars however Blount goes off on tangents about spelling and Lee s encounters with men of letters and enjoys trying to make connections to Freudian psychology I suppose media personalities are allowed a few uirks when they attempt a serious piece of work It s enjoyable reading just a trifle odd
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Free download Robert E Lee 109 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. 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 of the book is good Blount s account is readable and nicely summarizes Lee s life beginning with the legacy of his wastrel father a one time comrade in arms and friend of George Washington Blount depicts Lee s father casting a shadow over the entirety of Lee s life a point explored by other biographers but made central to the story here Blount even ascribes to Lee an oedipal complex at least twice about which shortly Blount moves uickly through the early stages of Lee s life the difficult circumstances of his youth his time as a cadet and young Army officer the Mexican War and his tenure as commandant of West Point The longest section as in most Lee bios is that on the Civil War This section is very good given its brevity Given the constraints of space and a general readership Blount has to pick and choose and mostly chooses well He avoids bogging down in the nitty gritty of the Civil War campaigns and includes a lot of telling personal details throughout Lee s heart problems his pet chicken his self abnegation his platonic fondness for ladies his affection for his children and his concern for their discipline and morality drawing a decent sketch of Lee as a manThe book is writerly Blount s interests as a writer and raconteur peek through in a lot of odd ways including numerous references to Faulkner and Robert Penn Warren and a meditation on Lee s spelling Blount may be no historian but the book is again readable often witty and only occasionally marred by errors of fact As just one example Blount blunders in describing the Battle of Antietam as the war s bloodiest battle 105 That dubious distinction belongs to the three day Battle of Gettysburg Antietam was the bloodiest single day of the war An understandable slip but a slip nonethelessThe book has two serious flaws The first is Blount s endless psychoanalysis of Lee And I use psychoanalysis deliberately Blount drags a lot of outdated Freudian theory into the scene to try to make sense of the unknowable Lee Blount winks at it several times suggesting to the reader that he finds what he s writing faintly ridiculous but he writes it anyway The most ludicrous moment comes in Blount s rumination on how Lee came to lose at Gettysburg Union General Meade s headuarters was a thousand yards or so from the Balti Pike Lee s was about the same distance from the Mummasburg Road When Light Horse Harry Lee was just about Lee s age at Gettysburg he came to grief in Balti It was a man known to history only as a giant of a man named Mumma who tried to cut off his noseMaybe something in Harry s son decided this is the place To win his war or lose it to resolve his oedipal conflict or not 132 Fortunately this kind of thing is sparse within the body of the biography itself but its presence is silly and pulls the narrative up short whenever it intrudesTied to the psychoanalytic strains of the biography are the strangest parts of the book the three appendices that make up the last forty pages These three sections are independent essays on different facets of Lee s personality and are of wildly varying uality The second Lee s Humor is full of personal tidbits that could have been sprinkled into the narrative or excised entirely without damaging the book It shows a human side of Lee a man capable of joking and acting silly with his family The third Lee s Attitude Toward Slavery is essential to understanding the man and it makes no sense to have affixed it as an appendix This is material that should have been incorporated into the main textBut the most idiosyncratic ridiculous passages of the entire book are in the first appendix Speculation Much of it is taken up with idle conjecture Lee had small feet Blount notes He liked it when his children tickled them He reuested fresh socks a lot in letters Could it be Blount suggests and one involuntarily imagines a wry grin that Lee had a foot fetish Could it have been an oedipal thing too Robert was presumably pleased to ease his mother s aches by massage 167 Blount brings in the psychology of gifted children titters over the contents of a Richmond prostitute s diary compares Lee to other mother s boys like Elvis rates actors who have depicted Lee on film and ponders how other men s admiration of Lee s looks affected him as a young heterosexual man 181 It s a freeform dump of non information that offers next to nothing beyond prurient leering at a dead icon That s my deepest reservation the psychologizing and the rambling appendices detract from this otherwise fun and engaging short biography When Blount rises to the level of his subject the book is excellent Some of the discursive passages provide enlightening new angles from which to view Lee But the book s flaws don t recommend itRecommended only to those already familiar with Lee and seeking a little distraction
- Robert E Lee
- Roy Blount Jr.
- 11 July 2018