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FREE DOWNLOAD õ Clouds of Glory FREE DOWNLOAD Æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ç Michael Korda READ Clouds of Glory Isliked 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 VirginiaWell 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 faile. This is an other great read The history is very sound and the author brings it to life on the pages I recommend this to all American history buffs Enjoy and Be Blessed Diamond

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FREE DOWNLOAD õ Clouds of Glory FREE DOWNLOAD Æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ç Michael Korda READ Clouds of Glory D 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 map. Robert E Lee has always been a curious figure in American Civil War history More than anyone else he represented the Confederacy both during the war and after it Lee became the Confederacy s secular saint part of its central myth and legacy Yet even whilst the Confederate States and all that they stood for are rightfully regarded by history as morally indefensible Lee has somehow always avoided that opprobrium Even during and immediately after the war when one would have expected Northern resentment and anger to be at its height there was immense respect for Lee and that respect has remained through the yearsIt is always hard to pin down something as intangible as charisma appeal personality but Michael Korda attempts to in this ambitious biography of Lee His conclusion is that the same ualities that led Lee to his enthronement as the Confederacy s secular saint were also the ualities that led to his failings as a general Simply put Lee was too much of a gentleman He avoided confrontation with his officers his orders were polite and veiled in conventional niceties that gave subordinates an out to avoid them he reuested instead of demanded he was loved and admired instead of feared That Lee was a military genius is not in uestion and had the resources and manpower of the Conferacy been on level terms with that of the United States things may have different but again maybe not Perhaps genius needed to be allied to the bulldog mentality of Grant for example in order to be truly effectiveThis is the only biography of Lee I ve read so it s difficult to draw comparisons but I have to confess I was disappointed I ve read many books on the Civil War many biographies of the major players but this was one of the few I found a slog I realise that in a biography of a general it would be hard to avoid descriptions of battles but in some cases Lee himself is absent for pages and pages of blow by blow accounts of battle A little brevity would have been welcome After all it is less in the military accounts and in the personal details where this book shines the analysis of Lee s thoughts and actions the refuting and measured weighing of historical opinion and memoirs of the participants the portrayal of Lee not as a saint or a military genius but as a weary honuor bound fallible man

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FREE DOWNLOAD õ Clouds of Glory FREE DOWNLOAD Æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ç Michael Korda READ Clouds of Glory 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 heroesMichael 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 d. His place in history is uniue a Caesar without his ambition a Frederick without his tyranny a Napoleon without his selfishness and a Washington without his reward Another one of those fascinating things about General Robert E Lee is that the only insignia of rank he ever wore was the three stars of a Colonel This was the final rank he achieved before resigning as an officer in the American ArmyThe South certainly conferred sainthood upon Robert E Lee during the war after the war and onward into perpetuity It wasn t just the South Even while the war was still raging many in the North looked on him with than just respect but something like reverence There were many that wished he had taken the commission that the old warhorse Winfield Scott offered him in 1861 Someone else may have emerged from the South but Lee is possibly the perfect example of where one man can make a difference Has there ever been a point in history where one man is offered the top command on both sides of a conflict I have a feeling that is a very uniue occurrence Lee was an engineer by trade and proved to be a very able strategist while serving under General Winfield Scott during the Mexican American War In fact there were many cases where Lee s timely advice prevented Scott from making what could have been disastrous decisions Scott never forgot the calmness of his demeanor nor the well formed arguments Lee made while under his command When the Southern states began to succeed Scott knew the man he wanted immediately The Mexican American War proved to be a valuable training ground for future Civil War Generals No fewer than seventy eight of them would become generals in the Union Army including Ulysses S Grant Winfield Scott Hancock Joseph Hooker George Meade and George McClellan Fifty seven of them would become Confederate generals including Lewis Armistead PGT Beauregard Thomas J Stonewall Jackson Joseph E Johnston James Longstreet and George Pickett Hardly any senior officer on either side of the Civil War was a stranger to Lee The dashing Lieutenant Robert E Lee Women young and old looking forward to receiving some attention from this young manIt is easy to tell that while he was serving in the military that he was always weighing up his fellow officers putting chalk marks in his mind beside their strengths and notating their weaknesses He never intended to having to fight against them or with them as a Rebel leader but on the slippery slope of military advancement he wanted to understand his competition When he found himself looking across a line of butternut and blue men to see Hooker Meade McClellan and eventually Grant on the other side he had a good idea of the decisions those men would make sometimes before they themselves knew what they would do The same held true with the officers under his commandAnd In audacity which is the mainspring of strategy as it is of tactics Lee has few euals He also had something few commanders have experienced since maybe the Crusades He had an army of men who believed that God was on their side and that their faith in their cause would carry them to victory This all become personified in Lee If Lee believed they could break the Union line then the men from his generals to the lowliest private believed it too Even after the disastrous third day at Gettysburg when the final Confederate charge is repelled the men coming back down that hill most wounded in some fashion begged Lee for another chance One run up that hill and the Yankees would break For all intents and purposes the war was over on July 3rd 1863 but it would take the Union almost two years to force a surrender Lee had survived this long by pushing the Union back and capturing their supplies to feed his men to arm his men to provide his men with bullets Many of the men of The Army of Northern Virginia where never issued boots or rifles Those they had to find on the battle field When Lee surrenders at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9th1865 one of his fears was that General Ulysses S Grant would see how many of his troops would be surrendering barefoot It is a scary thought to think what might have been the result if Lee had been supplied with as much food bullets rifles boots and men as Grant What might have happened Some of us right now might be reading this review as citizens of the Confederacy and others as citizens of the Union The bigger ramifications might have come during WW1 and WW2 when the wars in Europe needed the help of The UNITED States of America Robert E Lee was not perfect He had faults that led to inefficiencies misunderstandings and lost opportunities This was the first modern war and the armies were massive and spread over a huge amount of terrain One man could not oversee everything Lee s personal staff though good was too small Information was not relayed from Lee uickly enough to the Generals that he was expecting to understanding the changing scope of a battle in the same way as himself He also lacked What Lee needed was a chief of staff like Eisenhower s Major General Walter Bedell Smith Ike s hatchet man whose job was telling people what they did not want to hear and what Ike did not want to say to them himself But Lee preferred to act as his own chief of staff which did not suit his nature and added to the strain on him There are similarities between Eisenhower and Lee also I see parallels with President Obama who was weakened considerably when Rahm Emanuel left his staff to run for Mayor of Chicago Like Lee and Eisenhower Obama is uncomfortable with direct confrontation and needs a man like Emanuel who doesn t mind baring his knuckles and knocking heads together It has proved detrimental in his second term Lee was a gentleman and any theatrical displays of emotion made him extremely uncomfortable To avoid those scenes he went to great lengths not to have open conflicts with his top officers The reason lay in the very heart of Lee s personality the mysterious factor that so often outweighed his skill and audacity as well as in the bravery of his ragged poorly supplied troops Although a thriving cottage industry has grown up particularly but not exclusively in the South to eradicate Lee s mistakes and turn him into a kind of military secular saint the real man was not always right and his generalship was often hampered by his reluctance to enforce his will on his own generals His other mistake that I agree with Michael Korda about was his stubbornness to always share the same hardships as his troops by staying in a tent even when a perfectly habitable house presented itself He was in his middle fifties and suffering from angina it would eventually kill him There were many times when he felt unwell that sprung from being underfed and sleep deprived than from his ongoing health issue He had this brilliant mind for strategy and for seeing the scope of a battle clearly It would have been in the best interest of his men if he had elected to take better care of himself General Stonewall Jackson a brilliant tactician in his own right but he always deferred to LeeGeneral Thomas Stonewall Jackson in his late thirties was suffering from similar issues mostly sleep deprivation There were several moments in early battles where his inability to get his men where they needed to be could be attributed to his foggy mind The greatest blow to Lee was the loss of Jackson in 1863 He relied heavily on him because with only a few words Jackson perfectly understood what Lee wanted him to do He was aggressive and strict on discipline He was almost as adored by his men and the South as Lee General James Longstreet the perfect soldier who will disagree but when overruled will carry out his ordersTo balance Jackson Lee also had General James Old Pete Longstreet Longstreet was as good a soldier as Jackson but he was an instinctive contrarian and stubbornly insisted on making Lee think twice and to separate what was possible from what was not Longstreet and Jackson both received a lot of criticism after the war for what went wrong mostly because of the inability of people to find any fault with Lee Longstreet in particular spent the rest of his life defending himself over the third day of Gettysburg Even though he disagreed with Lee on tactics he always attempted to follow Lee s orders to the best of his abilities He respected Lee and even in disagreement never raised his voice to his commanding officer view spoiler The South Lost hide spoiler


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    (Clouds of Glory) [Read] ↠ Michael Korda As the title Clouds of Glory suggests this book brings some drizzle on the pristine image of the man who came to symbolize the Confederate cause While he clearly admires Lee Korda shows him to be an accidental general giving unclear and sometimes contradictory orders and not being able to handle face to face confrontationKorda shows how Lee's world view was shaped by his family which was very much entwined wi

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    (Clouds of Glory) [Read] ↠ Michael Korda to you by OBS reviewer JoAnneFirst off let me say that I love anything to do with The Civil War and will read nearly any book regarding it I have been highly anticipating this book and dove into it with both feet I must say that it is the most comprehensive account of Robert E Lee that I have read to dateThe book begins with the Har

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    (Clouds of Glory) [Read] ↠ Michael Korda This was an excellent book The only reason I gave it four instead of five stars was because the battle scenes became way too tedious for me I cannot begin to write a review that is worthy of the information and detail in this book My favorite parts were the descriptions of the many personalities For a great review please refer to a fellow Goodreads friend's review Jeffrey's Review

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  • Hardcover
  • 785
  • Clouds of Glory
  • Michael Korda
  • English
  • 06 January 2019
  • 9780062116291