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American Ulysses : A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
by Ronald C. White and Arthur Morey


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From the author of A. Lincoln , a major new biography of one of America's greatest generals--and most misunderstood presidents

Finalist for the Gilder-Lehrman Military History Book Prize

In his time, Ulysses S.  Read more...


 
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From the author of A. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America's greatest generals--and most misunderstood presidents

Finalist for the Gilder-Lehrman Military History Book Prize

In his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the "Trinity of Great American Leaders." But the battlefield commander-turned-commander-in-chief fell out of favor in the twentieth century. In American Ulysses, Ronald C. White argues that we need to once more revise our estimates of him in the twenty-first.

Based on seven years of research with primary documents--some of them never examined by previous Grant scholars--this is destined to become the Grant biography of our time. White, a biographer exceptionally skilled at writing momentous history from the inside out, shows Grant to be a generous, curious, introspective man and leader--a willing delegator with a natural gift for managing the rampaging egos of his fellow officers. His wife, Julia Dent Grant, long marginalized in the historic record, emerges in her own right as a spirited and influential partner.

Grant was not only a brilliant general but also a passionate defender of equal rights in post-Civil War America. After winning election to the White House in 1868, he used the power of the federal government to battle the Ku Klux Klan. He was the first president to state that the government's policy toward American Indians was immoral, and the first ex-president to embark on a world tour, and he cemented his reputation for courage by racing against death to complete his Personal Memoirs. Published by Mark Twain, it is widely considered to be the greatest autobiography by an American leader, but its place in Grant's life story has never been fully explored--until now.

One of those rare books that successfully recast our impression of an iconic historical figure, American Ulysses gives us a finely honed, three-dimensional portrait of Grant the man--husband, father, leader, writer--that should set the standard by which all future biographies of him will be measured.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781522633013
  • ISBN-10: 1522633014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Presidents & Heads of State
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Military
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Historical - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

Voice actor Morey tackles Whites sprawling biography of the larger-than-life Civil War commander and popular but often scandal-plagued president with characteristic poise and dignity. The audiobook veteran never misses a beat with regard to diction and pacing. The style of delivery seems akin to the narration of a made-for-TV historical documentary. Its not that Morey doesnt let himself demonstrate emotiona couple of scenes in which Grant angrily disciplines soldiers for their mistreatment of horses certainly grab the listeners attention, and the portrayal of Grants bitter feud with President Andrew Johnson adds an air of palpable soap-opera dramabut Morey maintains a somber presence befitting the nature of both the text and Grant himself. A Random House hardcover. (Oct.)

 
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