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Michael Korda’s Clouds of Glory is a fresh, contemporary, single-volume historical biography of General Robert E. Lee, perhaps the most famous and least understood legend in American history and one of our most admired heroes

Michael Korda, author of Ulysses S. Grant and the bestsellers Ike and Hero, paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Lee as a brilliant general, a devoted family man, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, yet who refused command of the Union Army in 1861 because he could not “draw his sword” against his beloved Virginia.

Well-rounded and realistic, Clouds of Glory analyzes Lee’s command during the Civil War and explores his responsibility for the fatal stalemate at Antietam, his defeat at Gettysburg as well the many troubling controversies still surrounding it, and, ultimately, his failed strategy for winning the war. As Korda shows, Lee’s dignity, courage, leadership, and modesty made him a hero on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line and a revered American icon who is recognized today as the nation’s preeminent military leader.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lively, approachable, and captivating…Like Lee himself, everything about this book is on a grand scale.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Korda clearly has command of the life and times of his subject…Well-considered and amply documented. Military buffs will find much to feast on”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “In this exhaustive study, former Simon & Schuster editor-in-chief Korda examines the life of Robert E. Lee from start to finish, illuminating not just the man, but his extended family and the society which produced him…A superbly engaging offering.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This masterful and comprehensive single-volume biography is a worthy tribute to an icon whose greatness still shines brightly.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A masterful biography of the beloved Civil War general…Lee is a man for the ages, and Korda delivers the goods with this heart-wrenching story of the man and his state.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Lively and well-constructed…An excellent introduction to an important American life.”

    Foreign Affairs on Ulysses S. Grant

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, May 2014
  • Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, May 2014
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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