The Man Who Would Not Be Washington

  • by Jonathan Horn
  • Narrated by David Drummond
  • 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the eve of the Civil War, one soldier embodied the legacy of George Washington and the hopes of 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 services for high command. Lee could choose only one. The decision he made would change history. In The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee and His Civil War, former White House speechwriter Jonathan Horn reveals how the officer most associated with Washington's legacy went to war against the union that represented Washington's greatest legacy. This thoroughly researched and gracefully written biography follows the Virginia icon 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 seed of disunion - was among the personal legacies that Washington left Lee. 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 memory 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.


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The man who would raise the name Lee to the highes

Good read. Offers a full understanding of what Robert E. Lee would have to consider as he resigned from the union army. His father having been one of Washington's closest officers in the revolution, his wife being the daughter of Washington's adopted son. As simply as Washington being a hero to Lee. Oh how difficult a decision to make. Lee knew first & foremost he was a Virginian so there could be no other choice. Wonderfully told in both story & performance. A great book for all who love American history, particularly civil war history. Get it today ?
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Excellent account

This is an excellent account of the civil war from the perspective we seldom hear. That of a patriot forced to fight against the union he wanted
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- Jack

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2015
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books