By Michael Korda
In Clouds of Glory: The lifestyles and Legend of Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda, the hot York instances bestselling biographer of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. provide, and T. E. Lawrence, has written the 1st significant biography of Lee in approximately two decades, bringing to existence America's maximum and such a lot iconic hero. Korda paints a vibrant and admiring portrait of Lee as a basic and a loyal relations guy who, even though he disliked slavery and was once now not in desire of secession, became down command of the Union military in 1861 simply because he couldn't "draw his sword" opposed to his personal little ones, his buddies, and his cherished Virginia. He was once absolutely America's preeminent army chief, as calm, dignified, and commanding a presence in defeat as he was once in victory. Lee's acceptance has purely grown within the a hundred and fifty years because the Civil struggle, and Korda covers in groundbreaking aspect all of Lee's battles and strains the making of a superb man's indisputable recognition on each side of the Mason-Dixon Line, positioning him ultimately because the symbolic martyr-hero of the Southern reason.
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19 the most unpleasant, personally repulsive businessman I ever met in my life,” said a New York image consultant whom Dunlap had wanted to hire. “Every conversation began in a normal tone of voice and ended with the man yelling, red-faced and furious, at whoever was standing in front of him. ”3 What deep resentments and insecurities drove Dunlap to behave so vituperatively are not known. Physically, Al Jr. was large, and intimidating, like his father, Al Sr. He played offensive and defensive lineman on his high school football team, and threw the shot put and discus in track-and-field.
Nor is this fear—and the method of dealing with it—confined simply to political leaders. In R. : “In later years, Ford, who enjoyed tinkering with his personal history nearly as much as he did with machines, portrayed himself in interviews and ghosted autobiographies as the typical American hero; alone, misunderstood, lacking two nickels to rub together, but prevailing against great odds nonetheless. The public readily bought into the image. ” Bak notes that Ford was neither penniless nor scorned and, throughout his career, crowds of supporters and financial backers assisted him (pp.