Reading The Man: A Portrait Of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters by Elizabeth Brown PryorReading The Man: A Portrait Of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters by Elizabeth Brown Pryor

Reading The Man: A Portrait Of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters

byElizabeth Brown Pryor

Paperback | April 29, 2008

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“Pryor’s biography helps part with a lot of stupid out there about Lee – chiefly, that he was, somehow, ‘anti-slavery.’” – Ta-Nehisi Coates, theatlantic.com

An “unorthodox, critical, and engaging biography” (Boston Globe) – Winner of The Lincoln Prize

Robert E. Lee is remembered by history as a tragic figure, stoic and brave but distant and enigmatic. Using dozens of previously unpublished letters as departure points, Pryor produces a stunning personal account of Lee's military ability, shedding new light on every aspect of the complex and contradictory general's life story. Explained for the first time in the context of the young United States's tumultuous societal developments, Lee's actions reveal a man forced to play a leading role in the formation of the nation at the cost of his private happiness.
Elizabeth Brown Pryor (1951–2015) combined careers as an award-winning historian and a senior diplomat in the American Foreign Service. She was the author of the biography Clara Barton: Professional Angel, considered the authoritative work on the founder of the American Red Cross, and Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Throug...
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Title:Reading The Man: A Portrait Of Robert E. Lee Through His Private LettersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 8.43 × 5.53 × 1.4 inPublished:April 29, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143113909

ISBN - 13:9780143113904

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“Pryor’s biography of Lee, chiefly through Lee’s own words, helps part with a lot of stupid out there about Lee – chiefly, that he was, somehow, ‘anti-slavery.’” – Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Five Books to Make You Less Stupid About the Civil War,” theatlantic.com   “In this epistolary biography, Pryor uses Robert E. Lee’s letters as a launching pad for essays that discuss his life story and military record . . . Lee’s correspondence is well-written and revealing, and Pryor complements it with intelligent insight and analysis.” – The New York Times"Pryor has taken an icon and given us the soul of a complex man and his turbulent age." --The Wall Street Journal "Elizabeth Pryor's magnificent Reading the Man forever buries the tired assumption that the real Robert E. Lee can never be found. Her exhaustive research and beautiful prose recover the many layers of Lee's being."--Peter Carmichael, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography"An orthodox, critical, and engaging biography. . . . [Pryor] impressively captures Lee's character and personality."--The Boston Globe"Pryor moves onto important historical and interpretive terrain with a far more discerning and critical eye than most of her scholarly or popular predecessors."--The New Republic