Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee through His Private Letters (Viking Press) by Elizabeth Brown Pryor

Winner of the Lincoln Prize

Pryor has taken an icon and given us the soul of a complex man and his turbulent age and has delivered it wrapped in lithe and graceful prose that many novelists might envy. She has, in short, written a masterpiece. –Fergus Bordewich, The Wall Street Journal

[A] work of prodigious scholarship and accomplished style, which challenges many of our deep-seated assumptions about Robert E. Lee–. Times Literary Supplement

Elizabeth Pryor delivers an unorthodox, critical, and engaging biography of Lee. She impressively captures Lee’s character and personality. Pryor writes with a sure hand, informed by strong research. —The Boston Globe