The Life Of Robert E. Lee

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mary L. Williamson

Narrated By: Lloyd James

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2006

Duration: 2 hours 32 minutes

Summary:

"In preparing the Life of Lee for Children, for use in the Public Schools, I beg leave to place before teachers good reasons for employing it as a supplementary reader. "First, I urge the need of interesting our children in history at an early age. From observation I find that the minds of children who study history early expand more rapidly than those who are restricted to the limits of stories in readers. While teaching pupils to read, why not fix in their minds the names and deeds of our great men, thereby laying the foundation of historical knowledge and instilling true patriotism into their youthful souls? "Secondly, in looking over the lives of our American heroes we find not one which presents such a picture of moral grandeur as that of Lee. Place this picture before the little ones and you cannot fail to make them look upward to noble ideals."-Mary L. Williamson, 1898

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  • Anonymous

    Biased to absurdity. According to this book, Lee never made a single mistake and never did anything wrong (never fought with siblings, never raised his voice, never stole a cookie fro the cookie jar, etc.). If that's not enough, it is very lean on historical fact.

  • Anonymous

    Lee's leadership was based on principle and character. A great book about a great man.

  • Steve Curtis

    A very strange and interesting book because it was written for younger readers, and because it was written in 1895. It paints Lee in the most flattering light. If you want an unflinching inspection of Lee, this is not the book for you. But if you want a glimpse into the mind and thought processes of a Southerner in the first decades after the civil war, you should enjoy this book. It is, yes, simplistic, but it still manages to give some insight into Lee's character, particularly his years following the war. It reminds the reader that Lee played a very important role in establishing a guidepost for the mindset of the South after the war, eschewing bitterness and resentment in favor of reconcilliation and a renewed sense of partiotism for the United States.

  • Paul Burnore

    This is a sophomoric book whose main aim seems to be unlimited praise for Robert E. Lee. There is no sense of balance nor any feeling for Lee as a man. Instead, in her adoration of her subject, Williamson over-uses words like "honorable" and "noble," and employs an old fashioned high style of prose that does not engage the reader.

  • Charles Fochs

    This is a short but great book. If you like history this is one you will want to listen to. This was truly a great man and leader. A person who loved his country and his people. We need more leaders like him. Read this book you will not be disappointed.

  • DJG

    What a great book! I learned things about General Lee that I did not know and was wonderfully pleased with his leaning on the Lord. Gen Lee was a excellent leader and with the exception on Gettysburg, where men failed to carry out orders he never walked away with a serious loss. If you want to have a historical picture of the great man, this is a good book to listen to.

  • Anonymous

    A fasinating account of a truly great leader, read by a great narrator. Short, sweet, and to the point. Highly recommended.

  • Yvonne Schuman

    I loved this wonderful man before this book, but now it has more meaning. He was a Great American that hated war and wanted greatly to end it...stop the maddness. We are ALL Americans! You'll love this book!