The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee

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Fleming, Thomas. The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee. New York: Forge, 2006.

What if ... a cabal of Radical Republicans seized the initiative after the assassination of President Lincoln, and arraigned Robert E. Lee for treason in front of a secret military commission? And what if a hard-drinking young Irish reporter, desperately in love with a beautiful double agent, was the only press observer allowed at this trial?

Since we really don't have any idea what would have happened, this novel can maintain considerable suspense until its final pages. Implausible but intelligent, The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee presents the complex tensions that led the nation to war in the form of a brisk courtroom drama.


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