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If you study the Civil War or you’re curious about the man, Robert E Lee, this is vol 1 of the classic Pulitzer Prize winner by Douglas Southall Freeman. The discipline that shows through is amazing. Freeman spent over 20 years researching and writing the four volume set. Can’t wait for the other three volumes on audible. This is a must listen/read and a ready reference for the student of the Civil War.
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A straightforward, workmanlike narrative that takes us through the first fifty-five years of Lee's life, ending with his recall to Richmond in 1862. We follow Lee throughout his prewar career, so we get some dull chapters about river engineering as well as more interesting adventures such as Harper's Ferry.
There was one close call in the Mexican War that I'm amazed he survived. It fascinates me, the little chance events that history is contingent on.
Freeman does seem to have had some bias in favor of his subject, especially noticable when discussing Lee's interaction with slavery, but not so bad that I doubt the general accuracy of what I'm listening to.
A solid biography book, solidly narrated.
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