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Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee (udgave 2014)

af Michael Korda (Forfatter)

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"Portrait of Lee as a brilliant general, a devoted family man, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, yet who refused command of the Union Army in 1861 because he could not "draw his sword" against his beloved Virginia. Well-rounded and realistic, Clouds of Glory analyzes Lee's command during the Civil War and explores his responsibility for the fatal stalemate at Antietam, his defeat at Gettysburg (as well the many troubling controversies still surrounding it) and ultimately, his failed strategy for winning the war. As Korda shows, Lee's dignity, courage, leadership, and modesty made him a hero on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line and a revered American icon who is recognized today as the nation's preeminent military leader" --… (mere)
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Titel:Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee
Forfattere:Michael Korda (Forfatter)
Info:Harper (2014), Edition: 1st Edition, 832 pages
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Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee af Michael Korda

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Loved it. Was afraid it would view Lee strictly with rose colored glasses, but it was well balanced and highly informative. Makes me want to read more about this fascinating character. ( )
  wildh2o | Jul 10, 2021 |
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  ibkennedy | Jan 31, 2019 |
Korda presents an expansive, 700 page picture of the life of Robert E. Lee. I received the book as a Christmas gift and found it fascinating for the most part. Korda looks at Lee's upbringing and time at West Point for critical insights to his personality and motives for his battlefield actions. At times slogging through the field maneuvers in the Civil War as if walking through knee-high peanut butter proved tiresome for me. (Admittedly military/Civil War buffs will find it interesting.) However, even within the tedium of troop movements, Korda enlightens the reader with Lee's personal tendencies and anecdotes that make the slog worthwhile. ( )
  thehun | Feb 9, 2018 |
The United States has a few secular saints, and some of them (Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King) died at the hands of an assassin. Not so Robert E. Lee, who lived a full life. He is revered today as much in northern states as southern states, despite the fact that Lee, after spending most of his life as an officer in the U.S. Army, fought against that army when the Civil War broke out. Yet he is remembered today as more of another George Washington than another Benedict Arnold.

Michael Korda explores this remarkable man in his fine 2014 biography "Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee."

Lee, like so many great individuals, was a study in contradictions. He was excited by combat (Korda calls war "his one intoxication"), yet he hated personal confrontation (Korda calls this Lee's Achilles heel). He opposed secession and disliked slavery, but when Virginia seceded, he chose his state over his country. He did not regard blacks as equal to whites, and said so publicly even after the war, yet he often treated blacks as equals. He may have been a strait-laced Southern gentleman, but that didn't stop him from flirting with young, pretty women at every opportunity. As a general, he respected his men and sacrificed for them, yet his treatment of deserters was as harsh as that of any other general.

To some Civil War scholars, especially those of the South, Lee could do no wrong. When a battle was lost, it was always somebody else's fault, usually James Longstreet's. But Korda, while usually praising Lee, also doesn't hesitate to point out his errors, both military and personal. The author, who has written several other military books, including biographies of Grant and Eisenhower, neatly compares and contrasts Lee with other generals down through the centuries, including Napoleon. By reading "Clouds of Glory," you know more not just about the Civil War but about military history in general.

Yet Korda, like Lee, is hardly perfect. He tends to repeat himself. Once he says something in a footnote, then repeats the same information in the text on the next page. He also contradicts himself. On the very same page he writes about Lee: "his orders were often unclear" and "his written orders are as detailed and clear as anybody could wish."

Korda writes, near the end of his book, "Lee lost nothing by being portrayed as a fallible human being." True enough. And "Clouds of Glory" loses nothing by being an imperfect biography of an imperfect man. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Jan 11, 2017 |
This was a well done accounting of the life of Robert E Lee. He was a complicated person who did not actually agree with slavery and did not want to go to war against his country. It was long on battles which loses me in the details, but overall, it was an interesting read. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
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"Portrait of Lee as a brilliant general, a devoted family man, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, yet who refused command of the Union Army in 1861 because he could not "draw his sword" against his beloved Virginia. Well-rounded and realistic, Clouds of Glory analyzes Lee's command during the Civil War and explores his responsibility for the fatal stalemate at Antietam, his defeat at Gettysburg (as well the many troubling controversies still surrounding it) and ultimately, his failed strategy for winning the war. As Korda shows, Lee's dignity, courage, leadership, and modesty made him a hero on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line and a revered American icon who is recognized today as the nation's preeminent military leader" --

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