American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White

By Ronald C. White

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the writer of A. Lincoln, a significant new biography of 1 of America’s maximum generals—and so much misunderstood presidents

In his time, Ulysses S. furnish was once in many instances grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln within the “Trinity of serious American Leaders.” however the battlefield commander–turned–commander-in-chief fell out of fashion within the 20th century. In American Ulysses, Ronald C. White argues that we have to once again revise our estimates of him within the twenty-first.

in accordance with seven years of study with fundamental documents—some of them by no means tested by means of past furnish scholars—this is destined to develop into the Grant biography of our time. White, a biographer enormously expert at writing momentous background from the interior out, indicates supply to be a beneficiant, curious, introspective guy and leader—a prepared delegator with a usual reward for dealing with the rampaging egos of his fellow officials. His spouse, Julia Dent furnish, lengthy marginalized within the ancient list, emerges in her personal correct as a lively and influential partner.

furnish used to be not just an excellent basic but additionally a passionate defender of equivalent rights in post-Civil conflict the US. After successful election to the White residence in 1868, he used the ability of the government to conflict the Ku Klux Klan. He was once the 1st president to country that the government’s coverage towards American Indians was once immoral, and the 1st ex-president to embark on an international travel, and he cemented his attractiveness for braveness by way of racing opposed to loss of life to accomplish his Personal Memoirs. released through Mark Twain, it truly is greatly thought of to be the best autobiography by way of an American chief, yet its position in Grant’s existence tale hasn't ever been absolutely explored—until now.

a kind of infrequent books that effectively recast our effect of an iconic old determine, American Ulysses offers us a finely honed, three-d portrait of supply the man—husband, father, chief, writer—that may still set the normal wherein all destiny biographies of him could be measured.

Praise for American Ulysses

“[Ronald C. White] portrays a deeply introspective guy of beliefs, a guy of measured concept and cautious motion who chanced on himself within the crosshairs of yankee background at its most crucial moment.”USA Today

“White delineates Grant’s virtues larger than any writer ahead of. . . . By the tip, readers will see how lucky the state used to be that supply went into the world—to shop the Union, to steer it and, on his deathbed, to write down one of many most interesting memoirs in all of yank letters.”The New York occasions e-book Review

“Ronald White has restored Ulysses S. provide to his right position in heritage with a biography whose breadth and tone swimsuit the guy completely. Like provide himself, this ebook could have staying power.”The Wall road Journal

“Magisterial . . . Grant’s esteem within the eyes of historians has elevated considerably within the final new release. . . . [American Ulysses] is the most recent heavyweight champion during this movement.”The Boston Globe 

“Superb . . . illuminating, inspiring and deeply relocating . . . The supply we meet in American Ulysses is richly deserving of a fuller knowing and of get together for the guy he used to be and the legacy he left us.”Chicago Tribune

“In this sympathetic, carefully sourced biography, White . . . conveys the essence of provide the fellow and furnish the warrior. . . . [Grant] deserved greater from posterity, and from White he will get it.”Newsday

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At the time of the birth of a second son, Samuel Simpson, Jesse began the first of several expansions of the house. Ulysses and Simp, three years apart, grew up together. The two boys delighted in playing outdoor games like rolling the hoop, leapfrog, marbles, hopscotch, and hide-and-seek. Indoors, in cold winter months, the brothers would invite friends in to play for hours, checkers and the peg games Fox and Geese and Nine Men’s Morris. When Ulysses turned five, with the expectation of more children, Jesse doubled the size of the Grant home by adding a wing.

Ulysses was taught never to swear because this would take the Lord’s name in vain. Ulysses inherited some of his mother’s Methodist piety. ” Hannah taught Ulysses an ethic of self-effacing Christian love. Her Methodist faith taught her to praise the Creator rather than the creature. Therefore, she was not inclined to laud Ulysses or any of her children. ” — SEEKING A BETTER education for his firstborn son, in the autumn of 1836 Jesse sent Ulysses, now fourteen, to Maysville, Kentucky, twenty miles away, to study at the Maysville Academy.

Ulysses” would be the most unusual name of an American Grant. The baby boy with the Greek name had much to live up to. Fénelon tells the story of the moral and political education of Telemachus, the young son of the Greek hero Ulysses. In the course of the novel, Telemachus travels to every part of the Mediterranean world. Along the way he learns, by trial and error, the virtues of courage, humility, patience, and simplicity. These were all the traits he would need if he was to succeed his heroic father, Ulysses, as a ruler.

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