By Ronald C. White Jr
Winner of the William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil struggle Biography • Finalist for the Gilder-Lehrman army heritage booklet Prize
In his time, Ulysses S. provide used to be typically 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 fashion 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 earlier supply scholars—this is destined to develop into the Grant biography of our time. White, a biographer really 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 traditional reward for coping with the rampaging egos of his fellow officials. His spouse, Julia Dent furnish, lengthy marginalized within the historical list, emerges in her personal correct as a lively and influential partner.
supply used to be not just an excellent basic but in addition a passionate defender of equivalent rights in post-Civil struggle the USA. After successful election to the White condo in 1868, he used the ability of the government to conflict the Ku Klux Klan. He used to be the 1st president to country that the government’s coverage towards American Indians used to be immoral, and the 1st ex-president to embark on a global journey, and he cemented his popularity for braveness via racing opposed to demise to accomplish his Personal Memoirs. released through Mark Twain, it's generally thought of to be the best autobiography through an American chief, yet its position in Grant’s existence tale hasn't ever been totally explored—until now.
a type of infrequent books that effectively recast our influence of an iconic historic determine, American Ulysses offers us a finely honed, three-d portrait of provide the man—husband, father, chief, writer—that may still set the traditional through 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 proposal and cautious motion who came upon himself within the crosshairs of yankee background at its most crucial moment.”—USA Today
“White delineates Grant’s virtues larger than any writer earlier than. . . . By the tip, readers will see how lucky the kingdom used to be that furnish went into the world—to shop the Union, to steer it and, on his deathbed, to put in writing one of many best memoirs in all of yankee letters.”—The New York instances ebook Review
“Ronald White has restored Ulysses S. furnish to his right position in heritage with a biography whose breadth and tone swimsuit the fellow completely. Like furnish himself, this publication may have staying power.”—The Wall highway Journal
“Magisterial . . . Grant’s esteem within the eyes of historians has elevated considerably within the final new release. . . . [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