By Jonathan Horn
The riveting actual tale of Robert E. Lee, the bright soldier sure by way of marriage to George Washington’s relations yet became via struggle opposed to Washington’s crowning fulfillment, the Union.
On the eve of the Civil conflict, one soldier embodied the legacy of George Washington and the hopes of leaders throughout a divided land. either North and South knew Robert E. Lee because the son of Washington’s most renowned eulogist and the son-in-law of Washington’s followed baby. both sides sought his provider for prime command. Lee may perhaps pick out simply one.
In The guy Who wouldn't Be Washington, former White condo speechwriter Jonathan Horn unearths how the officer such a lot linked to Washington went to struggle opposed to the union that Washington had solid. This largely researched and gracefully written biography follows Lee via married lifestyles, army glory, and misfortune. the tale that emerges is extra complex, extra tragic, and extra illuminating than the regular story. extra advanced as the unresolved query of slavery—the driving force of disunion—was one of the own legacies that Lee inherited from Washington. extra tragic as the Civil battle destroyed the folks and areas connecting Lee to Washington in agonizing and unbelievable methods. extra illuminating as the conflict for Washington’s legacy formed the state that the US is this present day. As Washington used to be the fellow who wouldn't be king, Lee used to be the fellow who wouldn't be Washington. the alternative used to be Lee’s. the tale is America’s.
A must-read for these captivated with background, The guy Who wouldn't Be Washington introduces Jonathan Horn as a masterly voice within the box.
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