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The Man Who Would Not Be Washington

Nonfiction: Biography / History / Self-Help
Unabridged   9.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/06/2015

The Man Who Would Not Be Washington

Robert E. Lee's Civil War and His Decision that Changed American History

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622316540
Digital Download ISBN:9781622316557


A young, enormously talented historian tells the story of why Robert E. Lee, the one soldier who most embodied the legacy of George Washington, chose to fight for the South, a decision that changed American history.

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On the eve of the Civil War, one soldier embodied the legacy of George Washington and the hopes of 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 services for high command. Lee could choose only one. The decision he made would change history.

In The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee and His Civil War, former White House speechwriter Jonathan Horn reveals how the officer most associated with Washington?s legacy went to war against the union that represented Washington?s greatest legacy. This thoroughly researched and gracefully written biography follows the Virginia icon 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 seed of disunion?was among the personal legacies that Washington left Lee. 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 memory 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,


“David Drummond brings Lee’s decisions and heartbreaks to life. Highly recommended for Civil War buffs and American historians.”
      —Library Journal [April 1, 2015]

Author Bio

After graduating from Yale, Jonathan Horn served as a White House speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. He has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC and the BBC Newshour, and written for The New York Times ?Disunion? series, The Weekly Standard, and other outlets. He currently lives in Bethseda, Maryland with his wife, Caroline.