By David Alan Johnson
Delving into their separate upbringings, the ebook depicts supply as a working-class guy from Ohio and Lee as a Virginia aristocrat. either males have been strongly motivated via their fathers. supply realized a lesson in selection as he watched his father conquer monetary hardships to make a winning residing as a tanner and leather-based items broker. in contrast, Lee did his top to turn into the polar contrary of his father, a guy whose financial ruin and imprisonment for unpaid accounts introduced shame upon the relatives. Lee cultivated a fashion of unimpeachable respectability and patrician courtesy, which within the box of conflict didn't continually translate into decisive orders.
Underscoring the tragedy of this fratricidal clash, the writer recounts episodes from the sooner Mexican battle (1846-1848), while furnish and Lee and lots of different officials who could later oppose one another have been comrades in palms.
This vibrant narrative brings to existence a vital turning element in American heritage, exhibiting how personality and situations mixed to have a decisive impression at the process events.
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