Item description for The Perfect Gentleman Vol. 1 by Bernice-Marie Yates...
Overview Frequently presented as being overshadowed by his illustrious father, Robert E. Lee, George Washington Custis Lee is now revealed as an important historical figure in his own right. The Perfect Gentlemen: The Life and Letters of George Washington Custis Lee permits the reader to glimpse the life of this extremely private man by means of his own words and the words of the people who knew him best. Rising above the fame of his father, the son, who could not have done more and never did less, stands alone in greatness, humility, honor, and duty. This extraordinary man has finally been given his proper place in the annals of American history.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.34" Height: 1.11" Weight: 1.64 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2003
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1591604524 ISBN13 9781591604525
Availability 127 units. Availability accurate as of May 24, 2017 11:57.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Perfect Gentleman Vol. 1?
Good Biography Jun 22, 2008
I was surprised to find the two volumes on Robert E. Lee's oldest son as I was not aware of very much about him.
The author has done an enormous amount of research so I gave the book a 4 but something is wrong with the editing and proof reading. First of all, Custis Lee never really steps out; he remains the enigma he was when he was alive so if you are looking for a real live person, he doesn't emerge from the pages (2 volumes).
The other problem which I have never seen in a published book is a great many misspelled words. Normally, you see a few and they don't bother you but there are sometimes as many as four or five per page. And, given his relationship to George Washington, you would think that at least they would have spelled Washington correctly but they left out the "g". (Gee!)
It must have been an enormous task to get together all of his letters, memos, etc. but a good biographer never tells the reader a reason why the subject never married when the subject never said why; telling the reader that he could not find a woman of his intelligence and breeding is pure conjecture.
The 4 is my way of giving the two volumes an A for effort; perhaps some day all of this research can be used to good purpose in a real blockbuster book since the author has done the hard work of getting it all together.