JEFFERSON DAVIS by Robert McElroy

JEFFERSON DAVIS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A definitive life of the president of the Confederacy. An exhaustive study of available records and presentation of the finds in a readable, easily assimilated form, not too much broken by introduction of source material and factual evidence. Definitely a sympathetic study, though he recognizes the fact of Davis spasmodic popularity and unpopularity and its reasons. He gives little credence to rumor of difficulties between Davis and Lee, makes no attempt to present controversial material along the lines so often presented in criticism of Davis, and for this reason the book may seem, to the historical student, somewhat biased. It is Davis in relation to his career -- in relation to his political and philosophical slants on life -- rather than Davis the man, in his relation to his family and friends. Two volumes.

Pub Date: Nov. 17th, 1937
Publisher: Harper