Clouds of Glory

  • by Michael Korda
  • Narrated by Jack Garrett
  • 32 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the New York Times best-selling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and T. E. Lawrence, has written the first major biography of Lee in nearly 20 years, bringing to life America's greatest and most iconic hero. Korda paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a general and a devoted family man who, though he disliked slavery and was not in favor of secession, turned down command of the Union army in 1861 because he could not "draw his sword" against his own children, his neighbors, and his beloved Virginia. He was surely America's preeminent military leader, as calm, dignified, and commanding a presence in defeat as he was in victory. Lee's reputation has only grown in the 150 years since the Civil War, and Korda covers in groundbreaking detail all of Lee's battles and traces the making of a great man's undeniable reputation on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line, positioning him finally as the symbolic martyr-hero of the Southern Cause.


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Deservedly a hero

A masterful and sympathetic summary of Lee's life. in which were combined military greatness and genuine Christian piety. Possibly no other military leader in history has received the acclaim by the side that defeated him as Lee did, and this in a civil war, the most brutal of all wars. The reading is excellent preventing the extended descriptions of the military campaigns from becoming tedious.
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- Phil

one of my favourites. brilliantly researched

one of my favourites. brilliantly researched and written. Highly recommended!

well balanced in approach, and showing many sides to Robert E. Lee.

I was reasonably familiar with his Civil War exploits, but I didn't know anything about his youth, early career, or his fantastic achievements in the Mexican War, which were well covered

I will listen to this again!
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- Mr Simon W D Borland

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-05-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio