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Robert E. Lee, one of the most famous figures in American history, vanished after his dramatic surrender at Appomattox. In fact, he lived only another five years, during which time he did more than any other American to heal the wounds between North and South during the tempestuous postwar period. This is a moving and intimate account of those years filled with the warmth of family ties and enduring friendships set against the harsh realities of Reconstruction. Though Lee is best remembered for his military campaigns, this was his finest hour, the great forgotten chapter of an extraordinary life.
©1981 Charles Bracelen Flood (P)1990 Blackstone Audiobooks
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"The narrator reads this gentle and poignant biography with an appropriately soft voice, sometimes slipping in a hint of a Southern accent which adds authenticity to the dialogue." (AudioFile)
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By David on 11-17-06

An incredible leader

As an avid reader of Civil War history I found this book to be extremely interesting in that it details Lee After the war's end. While he did not live a long life after 1865 he made incredible contributions to "the South" in providing stability where others might have maintained the fight.
His leadership at Washington College (Washington & Lee) was amazing as was how he created and led a piece of post-war higher education in the South.
Highly recommend

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By R. Bell on 04-05-06

Impressed with what I learned

My curiousity in learning more about the character of the man I had only ever known of as a great confederate general is solved. I am literally in awe of the man's integrity and character in accepting Civil War defeat and then striving to do what he can to help heal a nation and bring order to where there was strife. I enjoyed the book for telling about Lee's life following his surrender at Appomatex until his death five years later in Lexington, VA.

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