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    • ISBN:9780306822452
    • Publication date:06 Jan 2015

Crucible of Command

Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee--The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged

By William C. Davis

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Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee have never before been paired as they are here. In Crucible of Command , William C. Davis, one of America's preeminent historians, presents a thoroughly fresh portrait of these great commanders, revealing their personalities, their character, their ethical and moral compasses, and their political and military worlds as they took each other's measure across the battlefield. The result is history at its finest and one of the great books on the Civil War.

A dual biography and a fresh approach to the always compelling subject of these two iconic leaders-how they fashioned a distinctly American war, and a lasting peace, that fundamentally changed our nation

Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee have never before been paired as they are here. In Crucible of Command , William C. Davis, one of America's preeminent historians, presents a thoroughly fresh portrait of these great commanders, revealing their personalities, their character, their ethical and moral compasses, and their political and military worlds as they took each other's measure across the battlefield. The result is history at its finest and one of the great books on the Civil War.

Biographical Notes

William C. Davis is the author or editor of more than fifty books in the fields of Civil War and Southern history, as well as numerous documentary screenplays. The only four-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award, he is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and serves on several other consultative bodies. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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  • ISBN: 9780306824166
  • Publication date: 05 Jul 2016
  • Page count: 688
  • Imprint: Da Capo Press
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