Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee

Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee

by Michael Korda


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In Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the New York Times bestselling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T. E. Lawrence, has written the first major biography of Lee in nearly twenty years, bringing to life one of America's greatest, most iconic heroes.

Korda paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a general and a devoted family man who, though he disliked slavery and was not in favor of secession, turned down command of the Union army in 1861 because he could not "draw his sword" against his own children, his neighbors, and his beloved Virginia. He was surely America's preeminent military leader, as calm, dignified, and commanding a presence in defeat as he was in victory. Lee's reputation has only grown in the 150 years since the Civil War, and Korda covers in groundbreaking detail all of Lee's battles and traces the making of a great man's undeniable reputation on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line, positioning him finally as the symbolic martyr-hero of the Southern Cause.

Clouds of Glory features dozens of stunning illustrations, some never before seen, including eight pages of color, sixteen pages of black-and-white, and nearly fifty battle maps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062116307
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/23/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 848
Sales rank: 285,407
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Korda is the author of Ulysses S. Grant, Ike, Hero, and Charmed Lives. Educated at Le Rosey in Switzerland and at Magdalen College, Oxford, he served in the Royal Air Force. He took part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and on its fiftieth anniversary was awarded the Order of Merit of the People's Republic of Hungary. He and his wife, Margaret, make their home in Dutchess County, New York.

Table of Contents

List of Maps xiii

Preface The Portent xv

Chapter 1 "Not Heedless of the Future" 1

Chapter 2 The Education of a Soldier 27

Chapter 3 The Engineer-1831-1846 59

Chapter 4 The Perfect Warrior-Mexico, 1846-1848 103

Chapter 5 A Long Peace-1848-1860 157

Chapter 6 1861-"The Thunder of the Captains and the Shouting" 211

Chapter 7 The Seven Days-"The Power of the Sword" 291

Chapter 8 Thiumph and Tragedy-Second Manassas and Sharpsburg 397

Chapter 9 Glory-Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville 487

Chapter 10 Gettysburg-"If We Do Not Whip Him, He Will Whip Us" 523

Chapter 11 Lee and Grant 603

Chapter 12 Apotheosis-1865-1870 671

Acknowledgments 695

Notes 697

Bibliography 737

Map and Art Credits 747

Index 751

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Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled reading Clouds of Glory. I knew a little about Robert E. Lee from high school, but this book really delivered! I was impressed with the level of detail. I really felt like I came away from this book knowing the ins and outs of Lee’s successes, struggles, failures, and priorities. What an amazing man and what an amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still reading the book. The information that is actually about Robert E. Lee, his life, his family, and career is very informative. But the author's incessant editorial about slavery and what he thought Robert E. Lee should have thought is very distracting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is great.....editorial staff failed. It seems on almost every page I found a grammatical error, which distracts from the book. I hope they correct these with the paperback version. I started to keep track of the errors, but they became too numerous. It's obvious they used spell check, not "human" check that could have caught errors like "there" versus "their." Also, look at the photos of Lee's is mislabeled as one of his sons. Numerous times phrases were repeated in a "It would be difficult to find a more a more....." What ever happened to professional editing? I also agree with the review below....what historian/writer worth his or her salt uses Wikipedia as reference multiple times?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent account of one of the most respected officers in American history. Commonly, when you read about Lee's feats and campaigns, it's a dry account of the facts. Here, you get to understand the man, his character, his devotion to family and career. If you like to read good history, I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any historian who cited Wikipedia and popular fiction as sources (as this author does) would have flunked out of any class I ever taught or took. Popular and revisionist, and would have benefited from tight editing and proofreading. A lot of dates are wrong.
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Well-written biography of a favorite son of the South
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Would have given this book four stars but the above subject words were used too much, once within several pages. However the book was very interesting, just needed a good editor. S
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Other vendors screen reviews before posting.  I get tired of having to scroll through garbage to read a legitimate review! But I want to read this book, so I will give it 4 stars.
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The 1 star rating is Not for the book. There is no point checking this page for reviews when idiots continue to post nonsense remarks like most of the ones here.
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I am related to Robert E. Lee
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