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Robert E. Lee: Lessons in Leadership (Great Generals)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  4 reviews

General Robert E. Leewas a complicated man and military figure. From his birth as the son of a celebrated and tragic Revolutionary War hero, to his career after the Civil War when he led by example to heal the terrible wounds of the conflict, there is much to learn from this celebrated general. In just three years of service, he directed the Confederacy’s most renowned

Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2009)
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Aaron Meyer
I would give this 3 1/2 stars if I could. It was a nice, very quick read. Naturally it focusses mainly on the civil war but it does give a few chapters on his life before and after it. I would of liked to have seen more detail in those chapters myself. This being the first biography I have read about Robert E Lee i can't truly say how it stacks up to the more widely known ones, but I would say it is good for a brief overview of his life and is worth having on the bookshelf.
Trudeau is an expert on the Civil War and this time he focuses on the greatest general of the conflict: Lee. Unlike his other books this is a series of snapshots about how Lee covered with his challenges throughout the War. I appreciated the approach and though it was not heavily detailed like Trudeau's other books it really presented a lot of insights into Lee.
Very well written, love reading Trudeau.
It was pretty good, but I am not sure that the subtitle really fits. It doesn't really paint the overall picture of the war that is needed to fully grasp what Lee was doing. I am not an expert on the war and thought that it needed just a bit more explanation.
Very much enjoyed this book. Lee was a class act, imaginative leader and an amazing general.
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American Civil War historian. He has won the Civil War Round Table of New York's Fletcher Pratt Awar and the Jerry Coffey Memorial Book Prize. A former executive producer at National Public Radio, he lives in Washington, DC.
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