"We need to see Lee and other heroes as they really were or are, because we need to see human beings as they really are, not as we fantasize them to be. And yet, something inside of us aches with a sense of loss when heroic Great Ones are dissected like T.S. Eliot's etherized patient on a table, and we find them, opened up, just as diseased from being human as we ourselves are."
Yes, that's all you need to read about this review, which is really nothing more than a back door hit piece on Robert E. Lee. So transparent, so predictable, so clichéd, so pathetic. In my opinion, the only ones fantasizing here are those who think Americans have always been the hedonistic self-absorbed pleasure seekers that they are today. The truth?
"Robert E. Lee never existed [in the minds of some] because we don't have a Robert E. Lee today." ~ James I. Robertson, Jr.
“Social historians are often driven by activist goals. Historical research becomes not an attempt to understand the past but a propaganda tool for use in modern political and social power struggles.” (Tom Dixon, The Death of Truth, Bethany House, 1996, p. 133.)
The year of Lee continues, despite the anti-hero lobby's best shots.
*(Note: I have not yet read Ms. Pryor's book, so these comments are only my response to the reviewer's take, not an opinion about the book itself. I was sent a copy by the publisher to review and I hope to get to that very soon.)