By Ronald C. White Jr
Winner of the William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil battle Biography • Finalist for the Gilder-Lehrman army heritage publication Prize
In his time, Ulysses S. provide used to be generally grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln within the “Trinity of serious American Leaders.” however the battlefield commander–turned–commander-in-chief fell out of style within the 20th century. In American Ulysses, Ronald C. White argues that we have to once again revise our estimates of him within the twenty-first.
in keeping with seven years of study with fundamental documents—some of them by no means tested via past furnish scholars—this is destined to develop into the Grant biography of our time. White, a biographer incredibly expert at writing momentous background from the interior out, indicates furnish to be a beneficiant, curious, introspective guy and leader—a prepared delegator with a usual reward for coping with the rampaging egos of his fellow officials. His spouse, Julia Dent provide, lengthy marginalized within the old checklist, emerges in her personal correct as a lively and influential partner.
provide was once not just a super common but additionally a passionate defender of equivalent rights in post-Civil conflict the US. After successful election to the White residence in 1868, he used the facility of the government to conflict the Ku Klux Klan. He used to be the 1st president to nation that the government’s coverage towards American Indians was once immoral, and the 1st ex-president to embark on a global travel, and he cemented his recognition for braveness by means of racing opposed to dying to accomplish his Personal Memoirs. released by way of Mark Twain, it truly is largely thought of to be the best autobiography through an American chief, yet its position in Grant’s lifestyles tale hasn't ever been absolutely explored—until now.
a type of infrequent books that effectively recast our impact of an iconic ancient determine, American Ulysses provides us a finely honed, 3-dimensional portrait of provide the man—husband, father, chief, writer—that should still set the normal in which all destiny biographies of him can be measured.
Praise for American Ulysses
“[Ronald C. White] portrays a deeply introspective guy of beliefs, a guy of measured idea and cautious motion who chanced on himself within the crosshairs of yankee historical past at its most crucial moment.”—USA Today
“White delineates Grant’s virtues higher than any writer ahead of. . . . By the top, readers will see how lucky the country was once that supply went into the world—to store the Union, to steer it and, on his deathbed, to jot down one of many most interesting memoirs in all of yankee letters.”—The New York instances e-book Review
“Ronald White has restored Ulysses S. supply to his right position in historical past with a biography whose breadth and tone go well with the fellow completely. Like provide himself, this booklet could have staying power.”—The Wall highway Journal
“Magisterial . . . Grant’s esteem within the eyes of historians has elevated considerably within the final iteration. . . . [American Ulysses] is the most recent heavyweight champion during this movement.”—The Boston Globe
“Superb . . . illuminating, inspiring and deeply moving.”—Chicago Tribune
“In this sympathetic, conscientiously sourced biography, White . . . conveys the essence of supply the fellow and provide the warrior.”—Newsday
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American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White Jr