General Lee's Army

  • by Joseph T. Glatthaar
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean
  • 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This sweeping history of the Civil War and the Confederacy is told through the lens of its most crucial army: the Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by Robert E. Lee.General Lee's Army takes listeners across the Rebel landscape, from campfires to battlefields to their homes, as it portrays a world of life, death, healing, and hardship. Detailing the feelings and conduct of officers and enlisted men throughout the course of the war, it demonstrates how effectively Lee's men served their country and just how close the South came to winning the great war between the states - and why it ultimately lost. Glatthaar investigates the South's commitment to the war and its gradual erosion, and he analyzes Lee's army in triumph and defeat. Fourteen years in the making, this scholarly tour-de-force upends much of the conventional wisdom about the Civil War.

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What the Critics Say

"This well-written work provides much food for thought for all Civil War buffs." (Publishers Weekly)

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Lee's soldiers

I lost this book about halfway, still waiting (to no avail) for descriptions of battles and Lee's genius. This book describes, in great detail, the demographics of Lee's army complete with numbers regarding education levels, income and wealth, and family background. I wouldn't have purchased the novel had it been described more accurately by the publisher. It's a fine work but wasn't what I was looking for and found it boring.
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- G. Hooper

Hard to believe the stamina of this army.

While listening it was difficult not to have much empathy for the Southern soldier of the Civil War. The incredible hardships and desperate situations they faced for almost the entire war would be overwhelming to lesser men. The twist was that in the end they realized win or lose slavery was at an end, yet they fought on. It was an intersting insight into the thoughts and delimmas they faced and died for, what a waste. All-in-all it was a good book well written and eazy to listen to.
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- Joseph

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-18-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.