Reviled for betraying his nation in a bloody fight to uphold slavery, Robert E. Lee has long been a source of fascination even beyond the racist mythology of the Lost Cause. In a tale ranging from Lee’s wealthy but scandal-ridden upbringing in Virginia to his long career in the U.S. Army, award-winning historian Allen C. Guelzo takes a hard look at Lee’s character, including his deceptively genteel demeanor and corrosive insecurities. Discover what led Lee to the treasonous fight for slavery that continues to sow division in American society today.
Allen C. Guelzo, a three-time Lincoln Prize winner and senior research scholar at the Council of Humanities at Princeton University, is the author of Robert E. Lee: A Life. David M. Rubenstein (moderator), co-founder and co-executive chairman of the Carlyle Group, is the author of numerous books, including The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream.
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