Lee

Lee

Douglas Southall Freeman's Pulitzer-Prize-winning biography of Robert E. Lee was greeted with critical acclaim when it was first published in 1935. Stephen Vincent Benet said, "There is a monument - and a fine one - to Robert E. Lee at Lexington. But this one, I think, will last as long." This reissue of Richard Harwell's abridgement fulfills Benet's prophecy, chronicling Douglas Southall Freeman's Pulitzer-Prize-winning biography of Robert E. Lee was greeted with critical acclaim when it was...

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Title:Lee
Author:Douglas Southall Freeman
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Genres:Biography
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:656 pages pages

Lee Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    Oct 15, 2013
    Here is one of those books that came my way by accident. Its previous owner passed away and I was rummaging the shelves (thanks Uncle Gil). It is a one-volume abridgement of the original 4-volume set written over a period of decades. The author's father was in the Confederate Army so i...
  • Bryan  Jones
    May 29, 2007
    Lee is truly the foremost Greek tragic hero in American history. Freeman certainly does justice to the person of Robert E. Lee without bogging you down into the details of battle plans and tactics that so many war books and biographies are guilty of. It was wonderfully researched a...
  • Anne
    Feb 22, 2011
    More readable than I expected, despite the copious amounts of detail. Kind of wish I had tackled the full four-volume version first, though. This abridgement felt simultaneously too intricate and too rushed, if such a thing is possible. ...
  • Golden
    Feb 01, 2008
    Loved it. They don't come better than Robert Lee. ...
  • Ridgewalker
    Jul 09, 2017
    Robert E. Lee embodied everything that was good about the South. He was a perfect Southern gentleman and hands down the best general on either side of the Civil war. He did more with less men who were always under equipped and often barefoot and half starving than should have been poss...
  • Doug
    Aug 08, 2011
    I read the short version. A great boook but also a bit of hero worship - fortunatley the hero was worthy of respect. ...
  • Machaia
    Oct 12, 2017
    I read this one for a book club, and I might not have gotten through it otherwise. There are a lot of battle specifics (this regiment flanked here, that regiment moved up to fill the gap, etc.). Furthermore, I don't usually read about the Civil War because it's heartbreaking any way yo...
  • Aaron Crofut
    May 07, 2017
    "What he seemed, he was- a wholly human gentleman, the essential elements of whose positive character were two and only two, simplicity and spirituality." I have to highly recommend the Harwell abridgment of Freeman's classic and monumental biography of Robert E. Lee. A truly good ...
  • Rick
    Sep 12, 2017
    Finished reading "Lee" by Douglas Southall Freeman. This was a biography of Robert E. Lee. It was interesting to me to see some of the key moments of the Civil War from the Southern perspective. Strangely, most of the history books I've read on the subject--even if written by Southerne...
  • David Elkin
    Jul 10, 2018
    Read a long time ago. It was a good book but is now somewhat dated. The deification of Robert E. Lee after the Civil War covered up mistakes. He remains one of the greatest generals in US history but he did have flaws, in spite of what Jubal Early said. See this; https://www.smithsonia...
  • Mats Frick
    Feb 23, 2013
    Robert E. Lee har en speciell plats i alla amerikaners hjärtan. Även om debatten går hög om inbördeskriget är man generellt överens om att Lee var en briljant general och en stor människa. Det är även kontentan av Freemans bok som inte sparar på superlativen, om än i subtil...
  • Fredrick Danysh
    Jun 29, 2011
    A very good biography of Robert E. Lee. His life after the Civil War did not follow the path that many other military men of the period took. His life was shaped by his belief that the states were dominant over the federal government. ...
  • Jerome
    Jul 12, 2012
    Let us not put too fine a point on it...Douglas Southall Freeman simply LOVES Robert E. Lee. If you have also read Freeman's equally exhaustive biography of Washington, you can debate which man Freeman loves more. At times the prose, though beautifully written, can get positively gushy...
  • Howard
    Apr 07, 2012
    One of the best histories of the civil war I've read. Emphasizes the importance of the disparity between the strength of north and south, and its effect on strategy. Outstanding portrait of R.E. Lee's character, especially in the section after the war and conclusion. Five star ...
  • Mike
    Sep 28, 2017
    An informative book that demonstrates why Lee is so highly regarded as a General even though he didn't attain victory. the exploration of his pre and post civil war lives give insights into why he left the US Army to fight for Virginia. The book veers into hagiography at times but is s...
  • Colin Darby
    Sep 07, 2014
    My four-star rating of this book is not due to a perfection of scholarship; this is absent. Other reviewers have commented on Freeman's ability to excuse Lee's mistakes, such as Pickett's charge or Grant slipping away after Spotsylvania, as the result of his subordinates' mistakes. The...
  • Mike Thomas
    Oct 31, 2014
    An interesting story and I am a fan of RE Lee but I fail to see why Freeman got the Pulitzer for this work. Have our expectations changed that much since the 1950's? Freeman may be a good historian but the style feels dated and in many cases confusing. ...
  • David Adams
    Sep 19, 2012
    Well written, definitive portrait of Lee. ...
  • Gerry
    Sep 01, 2017
    On 22 January 1861 Colonel Robert E. Lee wrote: ?I wish to live under no other government, and there is no sacrifice I am not ready to make for the preservation of the Union save that of honour. If a disruption takes place, I shall go back in sorrow to my people and share the misery ...
  • Gregg Jones
    Oct 05, 2015
    It was a challenge to read all 4 vols. It was the best profile of Gen Robert E. Lee I have yet to find. Freeman's details of Lee's youth is invaluable. There is so much there that explains what and how his adult was formed. I would recommend it to anyone that would wish to see and unde...
  • Aaron Hudson
    Sep 10, 2013
    Great book for an abridgement. I was able to find the full set on eBay, and plan on re-reading all four volumes at some point in the future. ...
  • Robert Lloyd
    Feb 23, 2019
    Well written biography but be warned So this is a very informative and well written book, however I think the reader will need to recognize when the author is crossing the line from biography to hagiography. I will concede that people wrote differently back then, however in the boo...
  • Evi Routoula
    Nov 01, 2015
    A truly wonderful book for the great general of the Confederates. A lot of details of all the famous battles and a lot of things about his personal life as well. A must read for all the friends of the American civil war or the admirers of this great personality. I am not American, but ...
  • Roger Causey
    Dec 13, 2017
    So refreshing to read a historical book written before the age of political correctness. I Tried to read Clouds of Glory by Michael Korda but couldn't stomach that one. ...
  • John Conquest
    Aug 03, 2018
    Wanted to read this after visiting Monument Avenue in Richmond, VA for the first time in many years. Absolutely beautiful sculptures I wanted to see again before they get demolished (the Jeb Stuart in particular looks royal on sunny days) and replaced with local 'art.' Art in apostroph...
  • Jeff Williams
    Mar 09, 2016
    An excellent single volume about Lee. Written with a very pro-Southern slant but that is to be expected from a book that was published in 1935 by an author from Richmond. This book does not touch on slavery but is more focused on Lee's performance as the greatest Southern General in th...
  • nancy Adams
    Oct 18, 2017
    A really good read, but too many battle details for my taste. ...
  • Louis Verile Jr.
    Feb 25, 2018
    An irritatingly exhaustive bore. This was the abridged version and I can?t imagine how dull the full version is. Avoid! ...
  • Matt S
    Mar 23, 2019
    ?History is written by the victor? has never been truer than in this case. From a time when men had honor and were statesman comes the biography of one who towered over the rest. Slandered by decades of falsities taught to our children, this portrait of Lee shows none of the cruel ...
  • Guera25
    Dec 20, 2016
    No one can deny the intelligence and scholasticism of this abridgment of four volumes, but holy latent racism of the Southern gentleman, Batman! And there's more than a whiff of eugenics theory as well in the closing chapter. ...