Monday, September 27, 2010

Lee A Life of Virtue by John Perry

Robert E. Lee was best noted as the General of the Confederate Army in the Civil War. He is less known for his ability as a strategist, leader and many of his beliefs he had. John Perry book about General Lee indicates that even though slavery was assumed as the key triggering point of the Civil War General Lee, before the war broke out, had always stated he was personally against slavery.

Lee struggles with the concept of this war literally forcing brothers against brothers. Lee’s sense of loyalty to his beloved Virginia was stronger than his loyalty to the United States. After a very long contemplation he finally decided his true calling should be with Virginia because of that and his leadership he agreed to join the Confederate Army.

The best part of the book focuses not on the military stand point but his true morals, personal philosophy and his sense of honor. Lee’s historical records and documentation show he had many things we could learn from him his respect, humility dignity and empathy for others was way beyond the his time and the circumstances.
The book is a quick read but the manner of which the story of his life is told is worth the read. The book is filled with fact based quotations from his personal letters and other related documents.

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through in exchange for my honest review of the book.