Crucible of Commmand

Crucible of Commmand

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

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Baker & Taylor
A dual biography sheds new light of the two iconic leaders—who determined the outcome of the Civil War and cast competing styles for the reunited nation—by exploring their personalities, character and their ethical, moral and political worlds. 60,000 first printing.

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

They met in person only four times, yet these two men—Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee—determined the outcome of America's most divisive war and cast larger-than-life shadows over their reunited nation. They came from vastly different backgrounds: Lee from a distinguished family of waning fortunes; Grant, a young man on the make in a new America. Differing circumstances colored their outlooks on life: Lee, the melancholy realist; Grant, the incurable optimist.

Then came the Civil War that made them both commanders of armies, leaders of men, and heroes to the multitudes of Americans then and since who rightfully place them in the pantheon of our greatest soldiers. Forged in battle as generals, these two otherwise very different men became almost indistinguishable in their instincts, attributes, attitudes, and skills in command.

Each the subject of innumerable biographies, Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee have never before been paired as they are here. Exploring their personalities, their characters, their ethical and moral compasses, and their political and military worlds, William C. Davis, one of America's preeminent historians, uses substantial, newly discovered evidence on both men to find surprising similarities between them, as well as new insights and unique interpretations on how their lives prepared them for the war they fought and influenced how they fought it.

Crucible of Command is both a gripping narrative of the final year of the war and a fresh, revealing portrait of these two great commanders as they took each other's measure across the battlefield with the aid of millions of men.

& Taylor

Profiles the lives of these two great Civil War commanders who came from vastly different backgrounds, exploring their personalities, their characters, their ethical and moral compasses, and their political and military worlds.

Publisher: Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, a Member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
ISBN: 9780306822452
Characteristics: xxi, 629 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Nov 24, 2016

In depth exploration into the differences between these two well-known American historical figures. Couldn't read the whole thing. Enough of the Civil War for me, thank you very much. But the background information is quite interesting


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