In him the negro found a protectir, the Indian a friend, a vanquished foe a brother, an imperiled nation a savior. - Frederick Douglas
Mightiest among the mighty dead loom the three great figures of Washington, Lincoln, and Grant. - Theodore Roosevelt
For Cynthia Conger White
(Prologue) The man, of middle height, accompanied by a young boy, arrived at the crowded Baltimore and Ohio Railroad station in Washington on a cold, crisp morning.
Although he was celebrated in his lifetime as a prime example of the mythic American self-made man, Ulysses S. Grant understood the formation of his life to be a family affair.
If "the hero of Appomattox" would be remembered for his actions in saving the Union, the final campaign of Ulysses S. Grant - soldier, husband, president, father, citizen - the words of his Personal Memoirs , written in a race against death, have been read with appreciation and gratitude by generation after generation of Americans.
Douglas's valuation is the invitation taken up by this biographer : the opportunity for the enigmatic, inspiring, and complex story of American Ulysses to become accessible to the wider audiences he deserves.