Of necessity most of american ulysses is a book about war, and white is a military historian of the first rank: from the difficulties of maintaining supply lines and getting troops across miles of rocky terrain in mexico to blow-by-blow accounts of crucial battles of the civil war, white makes detailed and difficult. Ulysses s grant's reputation as both a general and as a president has experienced its ups and downs during his lifetime, the savior of the union came under heavy criticism as an unimaginative battlefield tactician and mediocre strategist who owed his victory to superior resources that he mindlessly. Since leaving the white house in 1877, ulysses s grant had declined offers to write about his wartime experiences that limitation had not stopped dozens of other civil war veterans from rushing to publish their views, most of which offered little more than an elaborate score-settling with their critics and other veterans. And he's less successful in describing grant's private life critical of other biographies for shortchanging julia dent grant, white doesn't do much better she and their children remain in the background, woven in as brief asides it's the same with religion, which seemed to matter to grant—but exactly how. In his bestselling books about the lives of john d rockefeller, jp morgan, alexander hamilton, george washington and now ulysses s grant, chernow shows how individuals, no matter the scale of “i only write about someone if i think the world is different for their having lived,” chernow tells review. Find out more about the history of ulysses s grant, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more get all the facts on historycom costing him his life savings he spent his final days penning his memoirs, which were published the year he died and proved a critical and financial success. Chernow is out to find undiscovered nobility in ulysses s grant's story, and he succeeds the picture of ulysses s grant on the cover of ron chernow's overstuffed but essential new biography has been made prettier than its untouched version grant's hair book reviews by the times's critics.
For civil war buffs and scholars alike, there are certain books that are required reading, as indispensable as ernesthemingway's novels are to american literature students one of these volumes is ulysses s grant's personal memoirs first published in 1885 after grant's death from throat cancer, these recollections of the. Ron chernow's “grant” gives us a ulysses s grant for our times (this book was selected as one of the new york times book review's 10 best books of 2017 for the rest of the list, click here) grant by ron we welcome your on- topic commentary, criticism and expertise bill clinton was the 42nd. Comments by historians and contemporaries regarding the military acumen of general ulysses s grant his concentration of energies, inflexible purpose, imperturbable long-suffering, his masterly reticence, ignoring either advice or criticism, his magnanimity in all relations, but more than all his infinite trust in the final. U s grant: american hero, american myth (civil war america) by joan waugh that ulysses s grant's most visible commemoration - his scowling and sad his civil war victories were legend, as was his etiquette, particularly at the final surrender, but some critics already had started to dismiss him as the.
[ulysses s grant: hero or butcher great man or doofus] and yet — that shadow to woolf, every biographer is “a craftsman, not an artist the trouble lies with biography itself it imposes conditions, and those conditions are that it must be based upon fact” she argues that only unrestrained imagination. In an address to the annual reunion of the army and navy club of connecticut in 1887, where he savages arnold's criticism of grant, mark twain declares of the memoirs: “their style is at least flawless and no man can improve upon it” grant has put into the memoirs “a something which will still bring to.
The good man theory of history has supplanted the great man theory, and the latest beneficiary is president ulysses s grant in the good man theory, presidents are judged as much by their private character as their public actions so, lbj is impugned because his laudable civil rights accomplishments. Over the past thirty years, ulysses s grant has seemingly become a topic of study for every pop historian and civil war expert in the field determined to face the new political challenges of reconstruction in his own way, grant faced enormous resistance from his critics even before taking office given the.
There is a famous photograph of ulysses s grant, sitting on the porch of his home in upstate new york on an obviously very cold day in 1885, writing his memoirs he appears a forlorn figure he is in a rush, cranking out as many as 50 pages a day, even as he is suffering greatly from the throat cancer that.
The development and growth of leadership skills is the focus of harry s laver's detailed study of ulysses s grant's military career work's contribution to the body of work detailing grant's military career would have been enhanced by more detailed analysis of the growth of grant's critical thinking and strategic planning. The ulysses s grant revival is in full swing long caricatured by posterity as a pitiless butcher, a drunk and a hopelessly corrupt president, grant has steadily seen his reputation climb scholars have reconsidered the record of the general who led the union to victory in the civil war, as well as grant's. Below are five great books on grant that provide different answers to those questions 1 the complete personal memoirs of ulysses s grant by ulysses s grant grant's memoirs might be the finest that have ever been written by a president one historian, who has been critical of grant, said of the memoirs.