By Ronald C. White Jr
Winner of the William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil warfare Biography • Finalist for the Gilder-Lehrman army historical past publication Prize
In his time, Ulysses S. supply used to be regularly 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.
in response to seven years of analysis with basic documents—some of them by no means tested by means of past provide scholars—this is destined to develop into the Grant biography of our time. White, a biographer quite expert at writing momentous heritage from the interior out, exhibits supply to be a beneficiant, curious, introspective guy and leader—a prepared delegator with a typical present for handling the rampaging egos of his fellow officials. His spouse, Julia Dent provide, lengthy marginalized within the historical list, emerges in her personal correct as a lively and influential partner.
provide was once not just an excellent common but in addition a passionate defender of equivalent rights in post-Civil struggle the United States. After successful election to the White residence in 1868, he used the ability of the government to conflict the Ku Klux Klan. He was once the 1st president to kingdom that the government’s coverage towards American Indians used to be immoral, and the 1st ex-president to embark on an international travel, and he cemented his attractiveness for braveness by means of racing opposed to demise to accomplish his Personal Memoirs. released via Mark Twain, it really is broadly thought of to be the best autobiography by way of an American chief, yet its position in Grant’s existence tale hasn't ever been absolutely explored—until now.
a kind of infrequent books that effectively recast our impact of an iconic old determine, American Ulysses offers us a finely honed, 3-dimensional portrait of furnish the man—husband, father, chief, writer—that may still set the normal through which all destiny biographies of him could be measured.
Praise for American Ulysses
“[Ronald C. White] portrays a deeply introspective guy of beliefs, a guy of measured idea and cautious motion who chanced on himself within the crosshairs of yankee heritage at its most crucial moment.”—USA Today
“White delineates Grant’s virtues greater than any writer sooner than. . . . By the top, readers will see how lucky the kingdom used to be that furnish went into the world—to keep the Union, to guide it and, on his deathbed, to jot down one of many best memoirs in all of yankee letters.”—The New York instances booklet Review
“Ronald White has restored Ulysses S. provide to his right position in historical past with a biography whose breadth and tone swimsuit the fellow completely. Like supply himself, this ebook could have staying power.”—The Wall road 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 moving.”—Chicago Tribune
“In this sympathetic, conscientiously sourced biography, White . . . conveys the essence of provide the guy and provide the warrior.”—Newsday
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American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White Jr