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"Pulitzer Prize-winner and biographer of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and John D. Rockefeller, 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 inept businessman, fond of drinking to excess; or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War; or as a credulous and hapless president whose tenure came to symbolize the worst excesses of the Gilded Age. These stereotypes don't come close to capturing adequately his spirit and the sheer magnitude of his monumental accomplishments. A biographer at the height of his powers, Chernow has produced a portrait of Grant that is a masterpiece, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9781594204876
Characteristics: xxiii, 1074 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Mar 15, 2018

Chernow presents a detailed analysis of Grant's paradoxical, misunderstood and mis- represented military and presidential career by carefully researching his family life, character
development and intersection of the myriad of personalities around him. A complex
enigma of loyalty, military shrewdness, inclusiveness and compassion Grant emerges as
the unrecognized advocate of Reconstructionist policy, civil rights, and civil service reform.
His struggles with alcoholism, naivite in regards to personal, political and business have become more mythic in recent history. I found the book a more than worthwhile read, (des-
pite grueling descriptions of civil war strategy and battles) and definitely came away with
a great deal of respect for his presidential leadership at a critical time for the U.S.


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