Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most complicated generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.
Before the Civil War, Grant was flailing. But in war, Grant began to realize his remarkable potential, soaring through the ranks, and ultimately defeating Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Along the way, Grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became the strategic genius of the war effort. Grant's military fame translated into a two-term presidency, but one plagued by corruption scandals. More important, he sought freedom and justice for black Americans, working to crush the KKK and earning the admiration of Frederick Douglass. After his presidency, he was again brought low by a dashing young swindler on Wall Street, only to resuscitate his image by working with Mark Twain to publish his memoirs, which are recognized as a masterpiece of the genre.
With lucidity, breadth, and meticulousness, Chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together, shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as nothing heroic...and yet the greatest hero. The definitive biography, Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant's life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.
Format: Paperback, 1104 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books, September 2018
Product Dimensions: 9.3 L × 6 W × 0 H
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