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Ulysses S. Grant

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Ulysses S. Grant was the great hero (for the North) in the Civil War and the 18th President of the United States. This short biography is only 145 pages in a little pamphlet size. The author is famous for his stories of the Old West, but he also wrote a substantial body of nonfiction literature. (Summary by David Wales)
Audiobook, 145 pages
Published (first published January 9th 2010)
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May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
A good book. Short but written well. Kind of like a cliff's notes to General Grant's life during his military service. Life beforehand and after are skimmed over. As the author states in the prologue, the intent is to inspire further research on the the man and his life. ...more
Randal Schmidt
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Interesting if only from a historiographical perspective to see how interpretations of Grant have changed over time. Published in 1900, the book claims to be an introduction to Grant, but the writing assumes a deep knowledge of Civil War history already. If the names of Sheridan, Sherman, and McClellan mean nothing to you, you won't get much from this book.

This fact places the book in an odd sort of limbo, because its history barely scratches the surface of Grant and so is not a great book for
Bud Russell
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyable. Brief accounting of Grant's life. An interesting and honest examination of his character ...more
Not my favorite biography that I've ever read. This particular one I actually listened to since it's available for free as an audiobook from It was pretty good, it just seems as though a lot of the older biographies are not the most detailed by today's standard. If you get a chance and you're either a history buff or a Civil War buff in particular this is something for you to check out since it's free, but if you aren't a fan of those I would say that you'd be wasting your time. Wi ...more
Matt Maples
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
General Grant was a remarkable man and this book is a nice taste of that life, but it definitely doesn't fully cover his significant life. I was disappointed by the very little coverage that was given to the two terms of his Presidency, but the coverage of much of his Civil War experience is very interesting. I found his caring and concern of the defeated Confederates to be a true mark of a great man, and his interaction with Robert E. Lee at Appomattox is extremely touching. I will definitely n ...more
This short biography focuses on Grant during the Civil War when he was in his glory. His presidency is (very) briefly mentioned at the end of the book, but this audiobook concentrates on his days before he became president,which is probably just as well.
Feisty Harriet
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: war, civil-war, biography
I think the biggest problem with this book is how short it is, it's well written and well researched, but at under 150 pages there just isn't the time for an in-depth look at General and President Grant. This is a decent introduction, but I definitely want more.

Brooke Tallent
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I would have liked to learn more about Grant himself. This was a biased, sketchy and general overview of the environment in which Grant was involved.
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