Clouds of Glory (Hardcover)

The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee

By Michael Korda

Harper, 9780062116291, 832pp.

Publication Date: May 13, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (5/12/2014)
Paperback (6/23/2015)
Compact Disc (5/13/2014)
Paperback, Large Print (6/3/2014)
Compact Disc (5/13/2014)

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Description

New York Times bestselling author Michael Korda's fresh, contemporary single volume historical biography of General Robert E. Lee—perhaps the most famous and least understood legend in American history and one of our most admired heroes.

Michael Korda, author of Ulysses S. Grant and the bestsellers Ike and Hero, paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a brilliant general, a devoted family man, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, yet who refused command of the Union Army in 1861 because he could not "draw his sword" against his beloved Virginia.

Well-rounded and realistic, Clouds of Glory analyzes Lee's command during the Civil War and explores his responsibility for the fatal stalemate at Antietam, his defeat at Gettysburg (as well the many troubling controversies still surrounding it) and ultimately, his failed strategy for winning the war. As Korda shows, Lee's dignity, courage, leadership, and modesty made him a hero on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line and a revered American icon who is recognized today as the nation's preeminent military leader.

Clouds of Glory features dozens of stunning illustrations, some never before seen, including twelve pages of color, twenty-four pages of black-and-white, and nearly fifty in-text battle maps.



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.



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

“Korda clearly has command of his subject...[Clouds of Glory] is well-considered and amply documented. Military buffs will find much to feast on.”
— Christian Science Monitor

“Masterful...Korda delivers the goods.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Superbly engaging.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Monumental.”
— BookPage

“Lively, approachable, and captivating…Llike Lee himself, everything about Clouds of Glory is on a grand scale.”
— Boston Globe