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The writing style of the author is a delight to hear with the spoken word which is not always the case, even with well written works. In addition, I found the research and scholarship compelling. I understand that the scope of the book was limited to Grant's "generalship", however it would have been interesting to follow through with the author's more thorough analysis of his presidency. As the author admits, our present day perception of Grant is one of a very good general and a "poor" president. We are left with a very brief, yet decidedly more positive assessment of his presidency based upon a few facts which on the suface appear plausible. This has left me with the desire to find other biographies of Grant that cover his presidency more in depth but perhaps with the same slant as the author's. In sum, I found the work both scholarly and captivating. It may be a bit thin for the advanced enthusiast, however I strongly recommend this to beginning or average level scholars of history and/or military matters.
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Mosier takes a fresh look at one of America's most enigmatic and influential military leaders. Most historians tend to view Grant as a competent but singularly unremarkable military strategist, who won the war using persistent blunt-force application of superior numbers and resources. Mosier turns these oft-repeated bromides about Grant on their ear, arguing that he was a brilliant strategic thinker who used combined force of arms in coordinated thrusts to topple the Confederacy. That he didn't succeed in doing so much sooner is attributable directly to the political military establishment, and in particular, the Machiavellian machinations of Henry Hallick.
A fascinating "high-level" read about Grant the general. If you're looking for excruciating details on all of the major battles he fought, this isn't the work for you. But if you want to understand Grant's strategy and how it shaped the outcome of the war and the organization of the American military, this is a must read.
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One for the historians. It certainly helps to have read Grant's Memoirs before coming to this. The narration is fine and the author wastes no time in setting the tone for the book; praise for Grant, at times almost gushingly so. The author makes continued use of comparing Grant to Wellington and Napolean in order for us to appreciate his acheivements. Its a technique that works well but does begin to grate after the fifth or sixth use.
John Mosier has written an acurrate and enjoyable assessment of Grant the General. The major downfall of the book is the author's strange ommission to skip over alot of the action after Grant took charge of all the Union armies.
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