by Ty Seidule

“Ty Seidule scorches us with the truth and rivets us with his fierce sense of moral urgency.” –Ron Chernow

In a forceful but humane narrative, former soldier and head of the West Point history department Ty Seidule’s Robert E. Lee and Me challenges the myths and lies of the Confederate legacy―and explores why some of this country’s oldest wounds have never healed.

Ty Seidule grew up revering Robert E. Lee. From his southern childhood to his service in the U.S. Army, every part of his life reinforced the Lost Cause myth: that Lee was the greatest man who ever lived, and that the Confederates were underdogs who lost the Civil War with honor. Now, as a retired brigadier general and Professor Emeritus of History at West Point, his view has radically changed. From a soldier, a scholar, and a southerner, Ty Seidule believes that American history demands a reckoning.

Interview with the Author

New Books Network
Ty Seidule, “Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause” (St. Martin’s Press, 2021)
3/2/21        56 min

Professor Buzzkill History Podcast
“Robert E. Lee and Me” – General Ty Seidule
1/28/21         34 min

The Experiment
The Lost Cause
3/4/21         31 min

History Ago Go
Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause ( Ty Seidule ]
3/5/21          58 min

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