“Even those who think they are familiar with Ulysses S. Grant’s career will learn something from Chernow’s fascinating and comprehensive biography, especially about Grant’s often overlooked achievements as president.”
Featured in New York Times’ Best 10 Books of 2017.
“Ron Chernow is a great writer, a great historian, and, specifically, a great biographer. His book Grant is a gift.”
Featured in Bloomberg’s Best Books of 2017.
The Pulitzer Prize winner, Ron Chernow comes the #1 New York Times best-selling novel, simply called, Grant. Ulysses S. Grant was a man who was typically misunderstood as a chronic loser and inept businessman or as a brutally triumphant Union General of the Civil War.
But the man was more than the stereotype as this masterful biography shows. The literary masterpiece is the first to show a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortune climbed and fell with neck-bending speed and frequency.
Before he became a general in the civil war, Grant was a failing businessman and resigned from the army in disgrace due to accusation of drunkenness after distinguished service in the Mexican War. However, his stint in that service showed that he had a remarkable potential in a war and so he soared through the ranks of the Union army, prevailed at the battle of Shiloh and ultimately defeated the Legendary confederate General, Robert E Lee in the Vicksburg campaign.
During his career, he became endeared to President Lincoln himself and became his most trusted general and strategic genius in war effort. This led to a two term presidency with a man who sought freedom and justice for black Americans, working vigilantly to crush the Klu Klux Klan.
Chernow gives readers insight into the thread that binds these disparage stories together and sheds new light on Grant, a man whom Walt Whitman described as “nothing heroic… and yet the greatest hero.”
This biography reveals Grant’s lifelong struggle with alcoholism and transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. One of America’s finest biographer brings moving life one of our greatest but most underappreciated presidents.