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Grant by Ron Chernow

#1 New York Times bestseller

New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book of 2017

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 shows 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.

Named one of the best books of the year by Goodreads • Amazon • The New York Times • Newsday • BookPage • Barnes and Noble • Wall Street Journal

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ISBN-13:
9781594204876
9781594204876
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/10/2017
Pages:
1104
1104
Sales rank:
7
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.20(d)
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About the Author

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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Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

…essential…Chernow is clearly out to find undiscovered nobility in his story, and he succeeds…Grant is vast and panoramic in ways that history buffs will love. Books of its caliber by writers of Chernow's stature are rare, and this one qualifies as a major event. Chernow grapples with an enormous amount of material, while mostly sustaining a tight focus. He manages to put on Grant goggles and deal primarily with this one soldier's role in the military, this one leader's role in the Civil War. And then the role of one president—branded a political amateur—in leading a country still coming apart at the seams…Chernow's indispensable book, which attempts to see Grant's life as a triumph, is also steeped in tragedy.

The New York Times - Janet Maslin
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Customer Reviews (8)
A great over all view of Grant. A very interesting read providing ...
A great over all view of Grant. A very interesting read providing a comprehensive history of the man.
- BKLaw
December 11, 2017
Written in the style only Ron Chernow could compose this is a meti ...
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
October 29, 2017
Great Read
Certainly one of the best books of the year .
- Anonymous
December 9, 2017
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