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In U. S. Grant and the American Military Tradition, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bruce Catton explores the life and legacy of one of the nation's greatest and most misunderstood heroes before, during, and after the terrible War Between the States that violently split the country in two. Beginning with Ulysses S. Grant's youth in Ohio and his service as a young lieutenant under General Zachary Taylor in the Mexican-American War, the story continues through Grant's postwar disgrace, his forced resignation for drinking, and his failures as a citizen farmer and salesman. But after the Civil War broke out, Grant rose from the rank of an unknown solider to commanding general of the US Army, finding redemption as the military savior of the embattled Union.
Proving his reputation as America's premiere expert on the Civil War, Catton examines Grant's campaigns in enthralling detail, including Fort Henry; Shiloh; the Siege of Vicksburg, which set the Confederate enemy on the inevitable road to defeat; and Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, which solidified Grant as a figure of national acclaim. Catton then explores Grant's two-term presidency and final years, casting an illuminating new light on a complex and controversial national figure whose great accomplishments have all too often been downplayed or overlooked.
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By Anonymous User on 07-04-18
Walk like you know what you are doing and people with think you know what you are doing...
Awesome book, and awesome man. I had read this book years ago, but listening to it and not having to worry about writing a paper let me enjoy it.
By Karl on 12-01-17
Very Biased and distorted view of Reconstruction
This book lacked the scholarship needed to provide a honest assessment of the reconstruction era. Does not adequately appreciate the extreme violence directed at Blacks and Whites who were on opposite side political spectrum. In some cases the narrative was totally false. No mention of groups like the KKK and writes most of the violence was from people who sided with the North/Union. Paraphrasing: Negroes only voted because of agitation from carpet baggers and once the Federal Troops were removed Negroes dutifully fell into their proper social order. Absolutely no acknowledgement of southern criminality-- just a very unbalanced and distorted view of history. Causes me to question whether other aspects of the book are equally false or distorted like his pre war life.
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