Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero (Eminent Lives)
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 preside...more
Young Ulysses was quite the animal lover. He had a knack for “horse whispering,” and disliked meat- refusing to eat it unless charred beyond recognition. The problem was, Papa Grant was a tanner, meaning the crux of the family trade involved the bloody process of skinni ...more
One thing that ...more
With such a short bio that isn't terribly exhaustively researched, it's hard for an average reader like me to know if his conclusions hold water. He makes some wide-ranging comparisons to Napoleon, Churchhill and Eisenhower which are interesting.
Awfully sympathetic to the subject, which isn't altogether bad considering most people can only tell you two things about Grant beyond the war: (a) he was a drunk ...more
In my opinion, if we had a general like Ulysses S. Grant commanding ...more
I managed to learn quite a bit about Grant. Grant lived a most interesting life filled with failures bu ...more
How many biographies about a 19th century General would ...more
What I liked about the book was learning about Grant after he left Washington D ...more
Well. Grant's boyhood? Miserable. A totally indifference, to the nth sociopathic degree, of a mother and a hardworking father, too busy for childre ...more
The outbreak of the Civil War revived his career, and he attracted the attention of Presiden ...more
Grant was flawed, a failure in business, an alcoholic, but incredibly driven to end the Civil War. Also after being diagnosed with throat cancer, his relentless pursuit to complete his biography is amazing. I love learning about flawed characters who find redemptio ...more
His book was a best seller
Wanted to annex Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)Wanted to send the Freed Slaves there.
He was asked by Lincoln to attend Ford's Theater with them the night Lincoln was killed.
When he was elected President he knew nothing about economics.
People built him houses and furnished them because he was a hero.