Ulysses S. Grant was a man who experienced the extremes of life. Prior to the Civil War, Grant was a brave and successful officer during the Mexican War. This triumph was followed by a period of separation from his family while he was stationed in distant posts. This separation from his loved ones led Grant to spiral into alcoholism and dismissal. During the Civil War, Grant was a hero; after Shiloh, he was nearly fired. Ultimately, he became the commander of all Union forces. Grant was twice elected President of the United States, only to see his regimes labeled as among the least competent in history. In the end, faced by bankruptcy and dying of cancer, Grant doggedly worked on his memoirs so that he would leave some financial legacy for his family. That autobiography was completed one week prior to Grant's death and remains one of the most insightful works of its kind in American history. The contradictory figure of Ulysses S. Grant is the subject of this volume of the illustrated "Presidents and Their Times" series. In telling this man's story, Billy Aronson demonstrates a sound writer's touch, excellent research skills, and the capacity to present a human being as a flesh and blood figure. This is a fine biographical work and goes a long way toward explaining the life and times of Ulysses S. Grant in a way that will be beneficial to younger readers. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
Ulysses S. Grantby Billy Aronson
A man of great military skill, Ulysses S. Grant exhibited mastery on the battlefield, catapulting him into the White House. Ulysses S. Grant explores this complex figure, tracing his successful military career as a brilliant strategist and effective leader, to the corruption and racial conflicts that plagued his two terms in office.
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