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Grant by Ron Chernow

Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.
Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.
Before the Civil War, Grant was flailing. His business ventures had ended dismally, and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenness. But in war, Grant began to realize his remarkable potential, soaring through the ranks of the Union army, prevailing at the battle of Shiloh and in the Vicksburg campaign, and ultimately defeating the legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Along the way, Grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became his most trusted general and the strategic genius of the war effort. Grant’s military fame translated into a two-term presidency, but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff members.
More important, he sought freedom and justice for black Americans, working to crush the Ku Klux Klan and earning the admiration of Frederick Douglass, who called him “the vigilant, firm, impartial, and wise protector of my race.” After his presidency, he was again brought low by a dashing young swindler on Wall Street, only to resuscitate his image by working with Mark Twain to publish his memoirs, which are recognized as a masterpiece of the genre.
With lucidity, breadth, and meticulousness, Chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together, shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as “nothing heroic... and yet the greatest hero.” Chernow’s probing portrait of Grant's lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. This is America's greatest biographer, bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant's life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.

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ISBN-13: 9781594204876
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 1104
Sales rank: 441
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Ron Chernow is the prizewinning author of six previous books and the recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. His first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award, Washington: A Life won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and Alexander Hamilton—the inspiration for the Broadway musical—won the American History Book Prize. A past president of PEN America, Chernow has been the recipient of eight honorary doctorates. He resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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Grant 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 12 months ago
A wonderful read! Excellent sentence structure and eminently readable. Love his diction and as a semanticist, his nuanced sentences are not too pedantic, but perfectly syntaxed. Read the 1,000 pages in five days. Thanks, Mr. Chernow. You spent six years researching and writing, I only had to spend five days reading.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Written in the style only Ron Chernow could compose this is a meticulously researched book covering a wealth of material encompassing the life of one of the most prolific and underrated presidents it is an easy read with great continuity and gripping facts including details that shed light on a polarizing figure in American history...well done Mr. Chernow
Anonymous 8 months ago
Certainly one of the best books of the year .
BKLaw 8 months ago
A great over all view of Grant. A very interesting read providing a comprehensive history of the man.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Well worth the read. A bit slow at times and too much time spent on how he worked to control his drinking. Go out and buy it.
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I did not like the narrator of the audiobook.
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