The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Sep 17, 2010 - Fiction - 336 pages
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1865. The Civil War is over and the South lies in ruins. But for some, the former slaveholders have not been punished enough. A cabal of powerful men, led by Charles A. Dana, the Assistant Secretary of War, plot to break the spirit of the South once and for all--by convicting General Robert E. Lee of treason and hanging him like a common criminal.
To this end, they have convened a secret military tribunal in Lee's former home in Arlington, Virginia.
Jeremiah O'Brien of The New York Tribune, a long-time protege of Dana's, is the only reporter allowed to attend the trial. His exclusive reports on this momentous event, and the book he intends to write, will surely make his fortune. Yet as the trial proceeds, pitting the general against his accusers, O'Brien finds himself torn between his loyalty to Dana, his love for a beautiful Confederate spy, and his growing respect and compassion for Lee himself. The young reporter is supposed to be only an observer, but, in the end, it is O'Brien who must evaluate the evidence . . . and determine the true meaning of honor.
Written by acclaimed author and historian Thomas Fleming, The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee brings to life a fascinating chapter in American history that might well have happened--and perhaps truly did.

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User Review  - Karen Wyle - Goodreads

I found this book engrossing and -- at least to some extent -- educational. I'm not assigning a rating because I'm not historian enough to know whether the extremely negative portrayal of Civil War ... Read full review

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Contents

A WISH IN THE DARK
1
JUDITH AT MIDNIGHT
11
THE DEATH OF FAITH
21
THE GREAT PARADE
31
BEARDING GENERAL GRANT
46
BAITING GENERAL LEE
67
QUESTIONS QUESTIONS QUESTIONS
87
A GALLERY OF HEROES
107
A TASTE OF BLOOD
229
GENERAL AGONISTES
244
VOICES FOR THE DEFENSE
264
THE TRAPPER TRAPPED
281
A GENERAL REMEMBERS
291
THREATS AND PROMISES
301
BY THE DAWNS EARLY LIGHT
319
PLANS AND COUNTERPLANS
331

THE DANGEROUS GAME BECOMES MORE SO
125
THE GREATEST MISTAKE OF HIS LIFE
143
MORE SHOUTS AND MURMURS
158
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE
170
A DISEASE OF THE PUBLIC MIND
185
THE DIPLOMACY OF DEATH
204
EVERYMANS EVIL FACE
215
THE HEART OF THE MATTER
345
THE WAGES OF RETRIBUTION
363
TRUTH TRIUMPHANT AND HUMILIATED
379
THE VERDICT OF HISTORY
397
Afterword
411
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Thomas Fleming is a distinguished historian and the author of numerous critically acclaimed and bestselling novels. His masterpiece, The Officers' Wives was an international bestseller with more than two million copies sold. His other novels include Time and Tide, Liberty Tavern, Conquerors of the Sky, and When this Cruel War Is Over. His nonfiction book, Liberty! The American Revolution was the companion volume to the PBS six-part mini-series. He also writes frequently for American Heritage magazine and is a contributing editor for The Quarterly Journal of Military History. He lives in New York City.

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