ROBERT E. LEE: Soldier of the South by Jean Rikhoff

ROBERT E. LEE: Soldier of the South

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The balance between information and tedium in Helen Markley Miller's George Rogers Clark in the same series (see above) tips wholly toward tedium in this account of Lee's role in the Civil War. Less a full biography than the other, it is also repetitive, fulsome and historically disingenuous (repeatedly referring to states' rights like a States' Righter). All this has to offer is a simple, not especially concise, recapitulation of the course of the war in Virginia and environs (including an ill-advised jest about Lee as ""King of the Spades""). For the amount of text a child has to troop through, little action and a meager gain.

Pub Date: May 21st, 1968
Publisher: Putnam