Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White

I Am In To Do All I Can

There are but two parties now, Traitors and Patriots and I want hereafter to be ranked with the latter.

Grant to his father Jesse Root Grant April 21, 1861

A book about a president: accomplished

American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White is a biography of the 18th President of The United States. Reading about this specific president might seem odd because there are so many other presidents that people acknowledge as being more crucial to the patchwork of American history: whether they were loved or hated doesn’t matter. After reading this biography I believe that Grant is a man that we should both know about and admire. As a Union general he was crucial to getting the North to win the Civil War; was a confidant of Abraham Lincoln; fought for the rights of the Freedmen and Native Americans; became close friends with Mark Twain who also published his memoirs; and was a true leader even if he wasn’t, in his words, a political type of man. Grant was an introvert and was not the best of speakers but he made up for it with his solid writing and his quiet strength.

To be quite honest I learned more about the Civil War through the lens of Grant’s leadership than I have in all my years of schooling. Now I want to read more about such an important time in U.S. history and I have the author of this book to thank for that.

I can bear honest testimony to his great worth as a soldier and friend. Where an entire nation condoles with you in your bereavement; no one can do so with more heartfelt grief than myself.

 

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