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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
Branch Call Number: BIO GRANT
Characteristics: xxiii, 1074 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Dec 10, 2017

One of NYT best books of 2017

Nov 26, 2017

Having read Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs (The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, which should be one of the finest books you'll ever hope to read), Chernow's biography fills-in a lot of gaps about his life and times not covered by Grant himself. For example, one glaring aspect missing from Grant's memoirs: his drinking problem. Here Chernow keeps tabs throughout the book with sturdy research and a more modern, sharpened discrimination, offering the most honest appraisal to date of Grant's battle and ultimate victory over his, and some say mankind’s most foolish weakness. Without this victory, the course of world events and the map and history of the United States would greatly differ. But that is but one clever glimpse of the man as portrayed by Chernow. Grant, as a person - one of the finest soldiers and perhaps the greatest general the world has ever seen (“unmatched military genius” is the phrase proffered by many military historians) - is studiously and frankly portrayed, offering appropriate 19th century sensibilities reflected through the prism of the 21st century.

Aug 21, 2017

Chernow delivers another solid biography. I was a big fan of his Hamilton biography because he gives you a solid sense of the subject's personality and drive. I really got to know more about Grant before his Civil War successes and the challenges he faced during Reconstruction. I also identified similarities between his personality and my own, giving me a greater sense of my own self. Maybe that's the highest compliment you can give a biography, when it breathes life into someone long gone and helps us understand folks that are still with us today.


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