Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction, 1861-1868
About the Author
Brooks D. Simpson is professor of history and humanities at Arizona State University and the author of several books, including Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, and coeditor of Sherman's Civil War.
What People are Saying About This
Other historians have touched on this aspect of Grant's career, but Simpson's work surpasses them all.Choice
Let Us Have Peace is a superb illustration of Clausewitz's maxim that war is the continuation of state policy by other means. Ulysses S. Grant grasped, perhaps better than any other Civil War general, the political nature of what was, after all, a civil war. Brooks Simpson demonstrates with skill the interpenetration of military and political factors in Grant's generalship during both war and the postwar formulation of a reconstruction policy. No longer can we separate Grant the general from Grant the politician and praise him in one capacity while condemning him in the other.James M. McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom: The Era of the Civil War
Let Us Have Peace deserves to take a well-merited place in Civil War and Reconstruction literature. It is a fine work of scholarship.Journal of Southern History
Sweeping away numerous myths and misconceptions, Let Us Have Peace offers the most reliable and persuasive account of the political views of Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War and early Reconstruction. It stands as essential reading for all those interested in that pivotal era.Eric Foner, Columbia University