The riveting true story of Robert E. Lee, the brilliant soldier bound by marriage to George Washington's family but turned by war against Washington's crowning achievement, the Union.
On the eve of the Civil War, one soldier embodied the legacy of George Washington and the hopes of leaders across a divided land. Both North and South knew Robert E. Lee as the son of Washington's most famous eulogist and the son-in-law of Washington's adopted child. Each side sought his service for high command. Lee could choose only one.
In The Man Who Would Not Be Washington, former White House speechwriter Jonathan Horn reveals how the officer most associated with Washington went to war against the union that Washington had forged. This extensively researched and gracefully written biography follows Lee through married life, military glory, and misfortune. The story that emerges is more complicated, more tragic, and more illuminating than the familiar tale. More complicated because the unresolved question of slavery-the driver of disunion-was among the personal legacies that Lee inherited from Washington. More tragic because the Civil War destroyed the people and places connecting Lee to Washington in agonizing and astonishing ways. More illuminating because the battle for Washington's legacy shaped the nation that America is today. As Washington was the man who would not be king, Lee was the man who would not be Washington. The choice was Lee's. The story is America's.
A must-read for those passionate about history, The Man Who Would Not Be Washington introduces Jonathan Horn as a masterly voice in the field.
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"David Drummond's adroitly narrates this well-researched account of Robert E. Lee with a sonorous bass voice. Lee was a distant blood relative of George Washington, his wife the great-granddaughter of Martha Washington, his father-in-law Washington's adopted son, and his father, "Light-Horse" Harry Lee, one of Washington's favorites. Juxtaposing the tension between Lee's family heritage and his ironic/hypocritical/traitorous (you choose) decision to go with Virginia and reject President Lincoln's offer of Command of Federal Forces at the beginning of the Civil War, Drummond keeps listeners' attention throughout. Drummond achieves an excellent match of text and reader with a seemingly effortless narration. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"