Really a very good book. Not written in the usual chronology but rather by subjects, psychology etc. trying to get inside Robert E. Lee and see what made him tick. Heavily substantiated with references to his letters as well as whyat his contemporaries thought of him.
This is a must read book for students of the history of the civil war and what came before and after until 1870 when Lee died.
I loved it
This is another good look at the 'new' Robert E. Lee, shorn of the mantle of the "Marble Man" developed by the Lost Cause Mythology. The author uses detailed references to portray Lee as he was, a human being, with all the good and not-so-good traits we all have. If we are to truly understand our history, we must look at it honestly, without the sugar-coating.
The most negative side of the story is how Lee often contributed to his own mythology, by 'rewriting' his decisions to adhere to what would make him look better. In that, he was no better than most of the Civil War's leaders who embellished their careers in published works.