AMERICA'S ROBERT E. LEE by Henry Steele Commager


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Another full dress production in the America's series which has included so far, America's Ethan Allen and America's Paul Revere. Again, in spite of our admiration for the handsome format, we do feel that story-making has been sacrificed to bookmaking. The biography of the Southern general by the distinguished critic and writer is competent and stately but like the ommental, full-color pictures by Lynd Ward, has a static quality. A great deal of material about Lee's activities in the war with Mexico, a period usually not emphasized in the junior biographies, has been included, as well as the story of Lee's education, his Civil War leadership and personal life. A great many black and white illustrations as well colored decorate the text to give a complete mural-like panorama of the War Between the States. An elegant production number, more likely to appeal to adults rather than young people who want the warmth, life and fire this volume seems to lack.

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin