By David Alan Johnson
Delving into their separate upbringings, the booklet depicts supply as a working-class guy from Ohio and Lee as a Virginia aristocrat. either males have been strongly encouraged via their fathers. supply realized a lesson in selection as he watched his father triumph over monetary hardships to make a winning residing as a tanner and leather-based items broker. against this, Lee did his most sensible to turn into the polar contrary of his father, a guy whose financial disaster and imprisonment for unpaid money owed introduced shame upon the relations. Lee cultivated a fashion of unimpeachable respectability and patrician courtesy, which within the box of conflict didn't continually translate into decisive orders.
Underscoring the tragedy of this fratricidal clash, the writer recounts episodes from the sooner Mexican struggle (1846-1848), whilst furnish and Lee and lots of different officials who may later oppose one another have been comrades in hands.
This shiny narrative brings to lifestyles a very important turning element in American heritage, displaying how personality and conditions mixed to have a decisive impression at the process events.
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Battle of Wills: Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, and the Last Year of the Civil War by David Alan Johnson