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The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius.

Bevin Alexander is the author of twelve books on military history, including Sun Tzu at Gettysburg, How Wars Are Won, How Hitler Could Have Won World War II, How America Got It Right, and How the South Could Have Won the Civil War. His book, Lost Victories, was chosen by the Civil War Book Review as one of the seventeen books that have most transformed Civil War scholarship.

A graduate of the Citadel he was commander of the 5th Historical Detachment in the Korean War, and received three battle stars for service in the combat zone, 1951-1952. He also received the Commendation Medal for his work as a combat historian. His battle studies on the Korean War, written during his decorated service as a combat historian, are stored in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

He was an adviser to the Rand Corporation for a study on future warfare and a participant in a war game simulation run by the Training and Doctrine Command of the U.S. Army. In fact the only problem with any of his work is that although he has got the jargon of the battlefield down pat it is written in the tenor of a staff officer who may not be aware of the larger picture.
Better than 90% of the books on the subject it is sad that it is not better yet.

Robert E. Lee’s Civil War Holbrook, Mass. : Adams Media Corp., c 1998   Bevin Alexander Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 Military leadership Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xiii, 338 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-325) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

This vivid depiction of the fiercest battles ever fought on American soil presents the Civil War as you’ve never seen it before with a  re-examination of the military genius of Robert E. Lee, and a critical, pragmatic re-evaluation of the performance of the generals who led the armies of both South and North.

Military strategist and historian Bevin Alexander takes you behind the battle lines into the general’s camps offering a gripping look at the uncertainties, the bravado, and the often misguided decisions of these West Point-trained officers as they struggle to adapt traditional strategies to a new era of warfare.

Robert E. Lee — the South’s most revered military leader — receives full credit for both his outstanding defensive maneuvers and for his remarkable achievement in holding together a disorganized and often under-equipped Confederate Army. But, Alexander also demonstrates how Lee’s belief in launching large-scale attacks on Union armies contributed to the Confederacy’s defeat.


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