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The Friends of Preston Library 2015 Spring Program

Crucible of Command
by William C. Davis

The Friends of Preston Library will host its Spring Program on Tuesday, 24 February at 3:00 p.m. in the Turman Room, Preston Library. Our guest speaker will be Dr. William C. Davis, who will give a talk based upon his recently published book, Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee–The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged.

Exploring their personalities, characters, ethical and moral compasses, and  political and military worlds, William C. Davis, uses substantial, newly discovered evidence on both men to find surprising similarities between them, as well as new insights and unique interpretations on how their lives prepared them for the war they fought and influenced how they fought it.

Crucible of Command is both a gripping narrative of the final year of the war and a fresh, revealing portrait of these two great commanders as they took each other’s measure across the battlefield with the aid of millions of men.

Dr. Davis is one of the nation’s preeminent historians and teaches at Virginia Tech. He has been twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and is the only three-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Prize for Confederate history. He was also awarded the Jules F. Landry Award for Southern history.

“This refreshingly new comparative study rises above overworked analyses of strategy and tactics and concentrates on character and personality. For those who like their history human, here is the starting point for an accurate understanding of what Lee and Grant meant—to each other as well as to the nation they molded.”—James I. Robertson, Jr., author of Stonewall Jackson.

Please join us for a stimulating, educational, and engaging program by Dr. Davis on Generals Lee and Grant. Refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale and signature by the author.

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