By Ronald C. White
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the writer of A. Lincoln, a significant new biography of 1 of America’s maximum generals—and such a lot misunderstood presidents
In his time, Ulysses S. supply was once commonly grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln within the “Trinity of significant 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.
according to seven years of study with basic documents—some of them by no means tested via past supply scholars—this is destined to develop into the Grant biography of our time. White, a biographer highly expert at writing momentous historical past from the interior out, indicates provide to be a beneficiant, curious, introspective guy and leader—a keen delegator with a common present for handling the rampaging egos of his fellow officials. His spouse, Julia Dent supply, lengthy marginalized within the historical list, emerges in her personal correct as a lively and influential partner.
provide was once not just a super common but in addition a passionate defender of equivalent rights in post-Civil battle the USA. After successful election to the White condo in 1868, he used the facility of the government to conflict the Ku Klux Klan. He was once the 1st president to country that the government’s coverage towards American Indians was once immoral, and the 1st ex-president to embark on an international journey, and he cemented his attractiveness for braveness by means of racing opposed to loss of life to accomplish his Personal Memoirs. released through Mark Twain, it's extensively thought of to be the best autobiography via an American chief, yet its position in Grant’s lifestyles tale hasn't ever been totally explored—until now.
a type of infrequent books that effectively recast our effect of an iconic old determine, American Ulysses provides us a finely honed, third-dimensional portrait of provide the man—husband, father, chief, writer—that should still set the normal during which all destiny biographies of him may be measured.
Praise for American Ulysses
“[Ronald C. White] portrays a deeply introspective guy of beliefs, a guy of measured concept and cautious motion who discovered himself within the crosshairs of yank heritage at its most crucial moment.”—USA Today
“White delineates Grant’s virtues larger than any writer ahead of. . . . By the top, readers will see how lucky the state was once that provide went into the world—to retailer the Union, to steer it and, on his deathbed, to write down one of many best memoirs in all of yank letters.”—The New York occasions ebook Review
“Ronald White has restored Ulysses S. provide to his right position in background with a biography whose breadth and tone swimsuit the fellow completely. Like supply himself, this booklet may 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 latest heavyweight champion during this movement.”—The Boston Globe
“Superb . . . illuminating, inspiring and deeply relocating . . . The furnish we meet in American Ulysses is richly deserving of a fuller knowing and of social gathering for the guy he used to be and the legacy he left us.”—Chicago Tribune
“In this sympathetic, carefully sourced biography, White . . . conveys the essence of furnish the fellow and furnish the warrior. . . . [Grant] deserved greater from posterity, and from White he will get it.”—Newsday
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Extra resources for American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
He would play a crucial role in the 1864–1865 Virginia Campaign through his cavalry attacks in the Shenandoah Valley. SHERMAN, WILLIAM TECUMSEH (1820–1891) So different in personality from Grant, Sherman became Grant’s closest military friend. They served together in the battles at Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga and in the long Overland Campaign in Virginia. When elected president, Grant appointed Sherman general in chief. STANTON, EDWIN M. (1814–1869) As secretary of war, Stanton served in both the Lincoln and Johnson administrations.
He was not an eloquent speaker like Lincoln or a fiery personality like Theodore Roosevelt; his leadership was of a different kind. In this biography, I bring into conversation elements of Grant overlooked or undervalued. Early on I became convinced I could not understand Ulysses’s story without understanding Julia’s story. Too often discounted or marginalized, she occupies a larger place in this biography. Others might describe her as plain, but to Ulysses she was beautiful in ways that counted—in her gentleness, warmth, and joy.
Random House and the House colophon are registered trademarks of Penguin Random House LLC. 1 a In him the negro found a protector, the Indian a friend, a vanquished foe a brother, an imperiled nation a savior. —FREDERICK DOUGLASS Mightiest among the mighty dead loom the three great figures of Washington, Lincoln, and Grant. —THEODORE ROOSEVELT Contents Cover Title Page Copyright Epigraph List of Maps Author’s Note Cast of Characters Prologue Part One: Formation, 1630–1848 CHAPTER 1 “My Family Is American” CHAPTER 2 “My Ulysses” CHAPTER 3 West Point CHAPTER 4 “My Dear Julia” CHAPTER 5 “Either by Treaty or the Sword” CHAPTER 6 “Army of Invasion” Part Two: Trial, 1848–1861 CHAPTER 7 Panama CHAPTER 8 “Forsaken” CHAPTER 9 “Hardscrabble” CHAPTER 10 Galena Part Three: Transformation, 1861–1865 CHAPTER 11 “I Am In to Do All I Can” CHAPTER 12 Belmont CHAPTER 13 “Unconditional Surrender” CHAPTER 14 Shiloh CHAPTER 15 William Tecumseh Sherman CHAPTER 16 “More Than Forty Richmonds” CHAPTER 17 Vicksburg CHAPTER 18 Chattanooga CHAPTER 19 “Washington’s Legitimate Successor” CHAPTER 20 The Wilderness CHAPTER 21 Robert E.