A House Divided

Lincoln, Civil War, and U.S. Presidents

A House Divided
Allen Guelzo
Robert E. Lee: A Life

Airdate: Oct 25, 2021 @ 03:30 PM CST

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Guelzo, Robert E. Lee

A House Divided
Allen Guelzo
Robert E. Lee: A Life
Airdate: Oct 25, 2021 @ 03:30 PM CST

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Allen Guelzo’s Robert E. Lee: A Life is the definitive biography of the general, following him from his refined upbringing in Virginia high society, to his long career in the U.S. Army, his agonized decision to side with Virginia when it seceded from the Union, and his leadership during the Civil War.
Robert E. Lee is one of the most confounding figures in American history. Lee betrayed his nation in order to defend his home state and uphold the slave system he claimed to oppose. He was a traitor to the country he swore to serve as an Army officer, and yet he was admired even by his enemies for his composure and leadership. He considered slavery immoral, but benefited from inherited slaves and fought to defend the institution. And behind his genteel demeanor and perfectionism lurked the insecurities of a man haunted by the legacy of a father who stained the family name by declaring bankruptcy and who disappeared when Robert was just six years old.

In Robert E. Lee, the award-winning historian Allen Guelzo has captured Robert E. Lee in all his complexity–his hypocrisy and courage, his outward calm and inner turmoil, his honor and his disloyalty.

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