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From the Publisher"An engaging study of the making of Ulysses S. Grant's reputation. . . . Waugh convincingly interprets Grant as 'symboliz[ing] both the hopes and the lost dreams' of the Civil War."
"[A] vigorous and highly readable study"
-The Washington Times
"A well researched and scholarly work that Civil War enthusiasts will enjoy. "
"A Washington Post Critic's Favorite Book of 2009"
"An impressive book that will engage both the general reader intrigued by the American Civil War, as well as scholars interested in questions of memory and commemoration."
-Journal of Illinois History
"Exceptionally thoughtful and valuable. . . . [Written in] clear prose that is readily accessible to the serious general reader. . . . [A] fine study."
-Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"Waugh finds an interesting range of answers to a simple question: Who was Grant?"
-The Associated Press
"Brilliant and unsettling. . . . Part biography, part military history, part social chronicle charting the rise and fall of Grant's reputation, U.S. Grant is a sobering reminder of the vicissitudes of fame. . . . Waugh's well-researched and vibrantly written book . . . restores luster to a lost American hero."
-The Chicago Tribune
"Joan Waugh's eagerly awaited and important book on Grant is original and provocative. She writes with an astute perspective on how each contextual stop along the way in her history of Grant's memory is really all about the politics of that particular moment. This book will make a lasting mark in Civil War history."
-David W. Blight, Yale University