A witty, lively and wholly fascinating (The New York Times) portrait of an iconic Southern hero
With lively storytelling and full-hearted Southern directness, Roy Blount, Jr., presents a unique portrait of Robert E. Lee. Fascinated by the qualities that made Lee such a charismatic, though reluctant, leader, Blount vividly conveys Lees audacity and uncanny successes in battle, as well as his humility, his quirky sense of humor, and the sorrowful sense of responsibility he felt for his outnumbered, half-starved army. The first concise biography of this American legend, Robert E. Lee will appeal to history and military buffs, students of Southern culture, and every reader curious about the makeup of a man who has become an American icon.
About Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee was a brilliant general, a complex soul, and a Southerner to the core. Tapped by Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army in the Civil War, his Virginian roots led him to command the Confederates instead. A charismatic though reluctant leader, his military audacity and tactical genius were combined with a genuine and sorrowful solicitude for his men, as ragged and outnumbered as they were by the end of the war.
Roy Blount, Jr., one of America’s canniest writers, goes beyond the haunted contradictions of Lee’s character and legendary strategic prowess to explore Lee’s quirky sense of humor, his illustrious but scandal-clouded ancestry, and his paradoxical humility. Every reader curious about the makeup of a man born to be a myth will love this book.
“[Roy Blount]… is one of America’s wittiest writers.” (New York Times Book Review)
Roy Blount, Jr. is the author of ninteen other books, most recently Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans. He is a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, a columnist for Oxford American, a contributing editor to The… More about Roy Blount, Jr.
About Roy Blount, Jr.
Roy Blount, Jr. is the author of more than twenty books, covering subjects from the Pittsburgh Steelers to what dogs are thinking to the ins and outs of etymology. He is a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t… More about Roy Blount, Jr.