September 2, 2012

The Man Who Saved the Union

cover image of The Man Who Saved the Union
Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
H.W. Brands

Civil War general and two-term President Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) has often received higher praise for his military rather than his political career. But in H.W. Brands’ portrait, he argues that Grant saved the Union twice. On the battlefield, he was a beloved commander willing to sacrifice his troops in order to win the war. In the White House, he staunchly defended black civil rights despite becoming extremely unpopular in the South. Another engaging, readable biography by the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist, Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (2008).