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General Ulysses S. Grant: The Soldier and the Man

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In this new biography of General Ulysses S. Grant, acclaimed Civil War historian, Edward G. Longacre, examines Grant’s early life and his military career for insights into his great battlefield successes as well as his personal misfortunes. Longacre concentrates on Grant’s boyhood and early married life; his moral, ethical, and religious views; his troubled military career ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by Da Capo Press (first published June 19th 2006)
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Mike Prochot
Picked it up at the used book store for a couple of bucks. Worth the money.

The author states his case for writing the book as a mission to shed light on "topics and issues that appear to have received insufficient attention... Grant's boyhood and early married life.... his relationships with his parents, his in-laws...and, especially his weakness for alcohol,..".

Well, while those and many other things are touched on, some of which have been explored in other books in greater detail, none of the
This is a strange book, as it gives the impression that the only reason for it being written and published at all is to act as propaganda for the theory that Grant was an alcoholic. Longacre seems positively obsessed with the "drinking issue," showing scant interest in any other aspect of Grant's important and compelling life story. Every negative story ever told about Grant's alleged problem with the bottle, no matter how questionable, or even discredited, it may be, is trotted out as solid fac ...more
Kory Klimoski
Pretty good read. The Civil Was is not my favorite history period so I really don't know much about it. We are never taught in school that Grant had a continuing battle with alcoholism, very tragic! His efforts were a combination of luck and skill. Very well put together book.
Fredrick Danysh
Grant was a failure in the army's peacetime officer corps and as a businessman in civiliaan life yet excelled during the Civil War. He was beset with many scandals as president.
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