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Reading the Man

A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters

Elizabeth Brown Pryor - Author

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ISBN 9780143113904 | 688 pages | 29 Apr 2008 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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Awards
  • Lincoln Prize
    Jefferson Davis Book Award
    Richard B. Harwell Award
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To most , Robert E. Lee is a beloved tragic figure of a bygone war—remembered by history as stoic and brave but without a true emotional life. Recently, however, historian Elizabeth Brown Pryor uncovered important documents that provide a stunning personal account of Lee’s military ability, his beliefs, and his time. Using dozens of previously unpublished letters as departure points, Pryor sheds new light on every aspect of this complex and contradictory general and questions our own understanding of loyalty and patriotism. This tantalizing glimpse of a legendary hero’s guarded soul will astonish and fascinate not only Civil War buffs, but anyone interested in this nation’s history.


“ An unorthodox, critical, and engaging biography [that] impressively captures Lee’s character and personality.”
The Boston Globe

“ Pryor moves onto important historical and interpretive terrain with a far more discerning and critical eye than most of her scholarly or popular predecessors.”
The New Republic


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