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Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero (Eminent Lives) [Hardcover] (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Michael Korda

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Title:Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero (Eminent Lives) [Hardcover]
Authors:Michael Korda
Info:Eminent Lives (2004), Hardcover
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Tags:Non-Fiction, U.S. Presidents, Biography, History

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Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero by Michael Korda (2004)


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A brief bio that perhaps could done without quite so many comparisons to British personalities and armies. ( )
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Pithy, excellent biography of our eighteenth president. ( )
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old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he' ll remember with advantages,
What feats he did that day.

-Henry V, Act 4, Scene 3
For Margaret, with love -

and for Christopher Lord, Roger Cooper, and Russell Taylor,
in memory of Budapest, October-November 1956
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In the summer of 2003 Ulysses S Grant made news all across the country that he had, in his lifetime, done so much to reunite:
I read but few lives of great men because biographer do not, as a rule, tell enough about the formative period of life. What I want to know is what a man did as a boy.
- Ulysses S Grant
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060590157, Hardcover)

One of the first two volumes in Harper's Eminent Lives series, Korda brings his acclaimed storytelling talents to the life of Ulysses S. Grant – a man who managed to end the Civil War on a note of grace, serve two terms as president, write one of the most successful military memoirs in American literature, and is today remembered as a brilliant general but a failed president.

Ulysses S. Grant was the first officer since George Washington to become a four–star general in the United States Army, and the only president between Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson to serve eight consecutive years in the White House. In this succinct and vivid biography, Michael Korda considers Grant's character and reconciles the conflicting evaluations of his leadership abilities.

Grant's life played out as a true Horatio Alger story. Despite his humble background as the son of a tanner in Ohio, his lack of early success in the army, and assorted failed business ventures, his unwavering determination propelled him through the ranks of military leadership and into the presidency. But while the general's tenacity and steadfastness contributed to his success on the battlefield, it both aided and crippled his effectiveness in the White House.

Assessing Grant both within the context of his time and in contrast to more recent American leaders, Korda casts a benevolent eye on Grant's presidency while at the same time conceding his weaknesses. He suggests that though the general's second term ended in financial and political scandals, the fact remains that for eight years Grant exerted a calming influence on a country that had only just emerged from a horrendous civil war. Ulysses S. Grant is an even–handed and stirring portrait of a man who guided America through a pivotal juncture in its history.

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Challenges opinions about the Civil War general's presidency, explaining how Grant enabled the country to achieve a sense of post-war calm and applied constructive political strategies in favor of less effective occupation tactics.

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