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Ulysses S. Grant:: Soldier & President

by Geoffrey Perret

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Ulysses S. Grant worked with Red Cloud, chief of the Lakota Sioux, to create an arguably more humane Indian policy--"no president could have done more," argues Geoffrey Perret, whose reassessment of Grant as a politician is his biography's finest achievement. Not that he scants his subject's military genius; the relentless, aggressive campaigns that won the Civil War are skillfully outlined and analyzed. Grant emerges in this nuanced portrait as a quintessential American: he is depicted as a restless rover perpetually in search of "movement, drama, adventure." Firmly situated in his time, he nonetheless seems a strikingly modern man.

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Grant's story - from a frontier boyhood to West Point; from heroic feats in the Mexican war to grinding poverty in St. Louis ; from his return to the army to eventual election to the presidency ; from his two-year journey around the world to his final battle to finis his Personal Memoirs - is one of the most adventurous and moving in American history.… (more)

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