Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822-1865

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Zenith Press, Oct 21, 2014 - History - 560 pages
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Many modern historians have painted Ulysses S. Grant as a butcher, a drunk, and a failure as president. Others have argued the exact opposite and portray him with saintlike levels of ethic and intellect. In Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity 1822–1865, historian Brooks D. Simpson takes neither approach, recognizing Grant as a complex and human figure with human faults, strengths, and motivations. Simpson offers a balanced and complete study of Grant from birth to the end of the Civil War, with particular emphasis on his military career and family life and the struggles he overcame in his unlikely rise from unremarkable beginnings to his later fame as commander of the Union Army. Chosen as a New York Times Notable Book upon its original publication, Ulysses S. Grant is a readable, thoroughly researched portrait that sheds light on this controversial figure.
 

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The superb first installment in a planned two-volume biography of the greatest Northern general of the Civil War—and one of the most remarkable military figures of all time. Simpson (History/Arizona ... Read full review

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In his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Ulysses S. Grant (Grant: A Biography), historian William McFeely portrayed the soldier-statesman-president as a liar, a battlefield butcher of men, and a ... Read full review

Contents

1 My Ulysses
1
2 The Dashing Lieutenant
18
3 A Man on Fire
30
4 Forsaken
48
5 Hardscrabble
63
6 Off to War
78
7 What I Want Is to Advance
95
8 Under a Cloud
119
14 Planning the Grand Offensive
266
15 No Turning Back
292
16 A Very Tedious Job
321
17 Summer of Discontent
346
18 Celebrations and Salutes
370
19 Give Him No Peace
390
20 Ending the Matter
413
21 Peace
438

9 Enemies Front and Rear
147
10 Struggle and Scrutiny
170
11 Triumph at Vicksburg
191
12 The Heights of Chattanooga
216
13 The Top Spot
245
Of Success Fate and Greatness
455
Notes
469
Index
525
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Brooks D. Simpson is an American historian and writer who is currently ASU Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University. He is best known for his work on Ulysses S. Grant but has written on topics from George Washington's Supreme Court appointments to baseball great Derek Jeter. His book Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822-1865 was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Simpson has appeared several times on C-SPAN, speaking on Grant and Henry Adams, as well as on PBS's American Experience. cwcrossroads.wordpress.com

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