The Man Who Would Not Be Washington

The Man Who Would Not Be Washington

Robert E. Lee's Civil War and His Decision That Changed History

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The "compelling...modern and readable perpective" ( USA TODAY ) of Robert E. Lee, the brilliant soldier bound by marriage to George Washington's family but turned by war against Washington's crowning achievement, the Union.

On the eve of the Civil War, one soldier embodied the legacy of George Washington and the hopes of leaders across a divided land. Both North and South knew Robert E. Lee as the son of Washington's most famous eulogist and the son-in-law of Washington's adopted child. Each side sought his service for high command. Lee could choose only one.

In The Man Who Would Not Be Washington , former White House speechwriter Jonathan Horn reveals how the officer most associated with Washington went to war against the union that Washington had forged. This extensively researched and gracefully written biography follows Lee through married life, military glory, and misfortune. The story that emerges is more complicated, more tragic, and more illuminating than the familiar tale. More complicated because the unresolved question of slavery--the driver of disunion--was among the personal legacies that Lee inherited from Washington. More tragic because the Civil War destroyed the people and places connecting Lee to Washington in agonizing and astonishing ways. More illuminating because the battle for Washington's legacy shaped the nation that America is today. As Washington was the man who would not be king, Lee was the man who would not be Washington. The choice was Lee's. The story is America's.

A must-read for those passionate about history, The Man Who Would Not Be Washington introduces Jonathan Horn as a masterly voice in the field.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2015
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476748573
1476748578
9781476748566
147674856X
Branch Call Number: B Lee Horn 2015
Characteristics: xi, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Apr 27, 2015

Story of a Gentlemen - General Robert E. Lee.

Details about his life and his decision to be the protector of the South even though he was sought after by Washington to help the North. In depth description of Civil War Battles and the Lee family connection to President George Washington.
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