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 so much misunderstood presidents
In his time, Ulysses S. supply was once typically 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 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 response to seven years of analysis with fundamental documents—some of them by no means tested through past supply scholars—this is destined to turn into the Grant biography of our time. White, a biographer enormously expert at writing momentous historical past from the interior out, indicates furnish to be a beneficiant, curious, introspective guy and leader—a keen delegator with a typical present for handling the rampaging egos of his fellow officials. His spouse, Julia Dent furnish, lengthy marginalized within the historical checklist, emerges in her personal correct as a lively and influential partner.
supply was once not just an excellent basic but in addition a passionate defender of equivalent rights in post-Civil battle the United States. 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 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 recognition for braveness by way of racing opposed to dying to accomplish his Personal Memoirs. released by way of Mark Twain, it's commonly thought of to be the best autobiography through an American chief, yet its position in Grant’s lifestyles tale hasn't ever been totally explored—until now.
a kind of infrequent books that effectively recast our influence of an iconic historic determine, American Ulysses offers us a finely honed, third-dimensional portrait of provide the man—husband, father, chief, writer—that should still set the traditional in which all destiny biographies of him might 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 stumbled on 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 kingdom was once that furnish went into the world—to store the Union, to steer it and, on his deathbed, to write down one of many best memoirs in all of yankee 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 go well with the guy completely. Like furnish himself, this e-book 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 relocating . . . The provide we meet in American Ulysses is richly deserving of a fuller knowing and of party for the fellow he was once and the legacy he left us.”—Chicago Tribune
“In this sympathetic, conscientiously 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
HAVING LOST THE key to his trunk, Grant was forced to wear his untidy traveling uniform to dinner in the Willard’s ornate dining room. No sooner had Grant and the boy by his side—his son Fred—sat down than people began to crane their necks to look over at the new diners. A gentleman rapped a knife on his table for silence, and everyone hushed. ” As cheers escalated, people pounded their tables, celebrating him. Looking embarrassed, Grant rose and quickly sat down. After dinner, he walked the short two blocks to the Executive Mansion.
He got his sense from his mother,” said one neighbor. However, these observations did not mean he lacked self-confidence. Ulysses inherited his patience from Hannah. While some mothers expressed their maternal instincts in protectiveness for risk-taking sons, she seemed content and supportive of Ulysses, his ways and whereabouts. The sensible boy often found himself receiving the aftershocks of his father’s sometimes bellicose behavior. Townsfolk transferred the sins of the father’s negative reputation to the son.
Elected president twice, he would be the only such leader of the United States to serve two consecutive terms between Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson. Even with the scandals that tainted his second term, he retained enormous popularity with the American people and probably would have been elected to a third term in 1876 if he had chosen to run. But let’s not get ahead of our story. The nature of Grant’s greatness is a puzzle with many pieces. Like his namesake, the Greek hero Ulysses, his contemporaries came to know him as a tragic hero who had failed again and again before he succeeded.