By Michael Korda
One of the 1st volumes in Harper's Eminent Lives sequence, Korda brings his acclaimed storytelling abilities to the lifetime of Ulysses S. supply – a guy who controlled to finish the Civil battle on a be aware of grace, serve phrases as president, write essentially the most profitable army memoirs in American literature, and is this day remembered as an excellent normal yet a failed president.
Ulysses S. provide used to be the 1st officer for the reason that George Washington to develop into a four–star common within the usa military, and the one president among Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson to serve 8 consecutive years within the White apartment. during this succinct and bright biography, Michael Korda considers Grant's personality and reconciles the conflicting reviews of his management skills.
Grant's existence performed out as a real Horatio Alger tale. regardless of his humble historical past because the son of a tanner in Ohio, his loss of early good fortune within the military, and various failed enterprise ventures, his unwavering decision propelled him in the course of the ranks of army management and into the presidency. yet whereas the general's tenacity and steadfastness contributed to his luck at the battlefield, it either aided and crippled his effectiveness within the White apartment.
Assessing supply either in the context of his time and unlike more moderen American leaders, Korda casts a benevolent eye on Grant's presidency whereas while conceding his weaknesses. He means that although the general's moment time period led to monetary and political scandals, the actual fact is still that for 8 years furnish exerted a soothing impression on a rustic that had in basic terms simply emerged from a horrendous civil struggle. Ulysses S. provide is an even–handed and stirring portrait of a guy who guided the USA via a pivotal juncture in its heritage.
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Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero (Eminent Lives) by Michael Korda