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READ ´ Grant by Ron Chernow Ron Chernow ê 0 READ READ Grant by Ron Chernow Ulysses S Grant's life has typically been misunderstood All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman fond of drinking to excess; or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War; or as a credulous and hapless president whose tenure came to symbolize the worst excesses of the Gilded Age These stereotypes don't come close to capturing adeuately his spirit and the sheer magnitude of his monumental accomplishments A biographer at the height of his powers Chernow has produced a portrait of Grant that is a masterpiece the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and freuency Before the Civil War Grant was flailing His business ventures had been dismal and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenn. A mere ten years ago this would have been my Book of the Year But I m a different reader now Not necessarily a better or smarter reader just different So I pause when I read a sentence like As ever his whole physiology sprang into action Where is the editor to ask Ron do you really mean his whole physiology Because that would be all the functions of a living organism which is you know a whole lot of physiology And Ron as ever Do you really mean every single time And Ron I m going to have to wrestle you to the ground if you insist on saying sprang into action I pause too when I read Painfully aware of his mistakes as president Grant fantasized about reentering the White House to correct those errors and redeem his reputation Sorry but there is not a single shred of evidence in this book or elsewhere that Grant believed he had made mistakes or that he wished to correct them On the contrary if he got a chance to do it again I suspect he would still try to annex Santo Domingo still send Sheridan out to trample the rights of Native Americans fairly won through treaties still appoint incompetents to Cabinet level positions and still demand the resignations of actual ualified appointees who disagreed with him And Ron fantasizedFour years ago Frank P Varney published General Grant and the Rewriting of History which forever changed the way I read History He took the conventional wisdom of historians that General William S Rosecrans was weak vain and irresolute and lacking Grant s superlative drive and focus and then he backtracked through each volume to find the basis of why that was said to be so Invariably the footnote trail led to Grant s Memoirs Varney went beyond that single source and looked at military orders dispatches and correspondence and I think convincingly showed that the consensus verdict on Rosecrans was flawed He showed too to my satisfaction that Grant s literary assault on Rosecrans was spiteful vindictive and self serving So I waited for Chernow to get to the battle of Chattanooga And he wrote Rosecrans was weak vain and irresolute lacking Grant s superlative drive and focus You know the party line A different reader now I looked for Chernow s authority for such a claim There s none except what should have been a caution a citation to Grant s wife s Memoirs recounting Grant smiling when he got Rosecrans transfer paperSee there s enough in Chernow s own book to demand skepticism of Grant without even going to groundbreaking historical research Grant lauded Rosecrans one of the ablest purest of men both in motive and action until he didn t The same with Grant on Winfield Scott Hancock who Grant praised until he suspected Hancock of political aspirations in competition with his own and then was deemed a coward No single person did to advance Grant s career than Elihu Washburne Yet the moment Grant suspected Washburne of having presidential ambitions Grant ended his relationship with him Confronted with irrefutable evidence of fraud Grant could turn a blind eye if it helped family or friends even directing his attorney general not to make deals which could lead to convictions And then there are the many omissions and euivocations in the Memoirs that Chernow points out But if you have your mind made up as Chernow seems to have done then you can insist that Grant was scrupulously honest and a stickler for the truth This then becomes an ipse dixit so Grant wins every disputeYou can still like Grant as I do and yet admit the flaws Some other random thoughts about the bookIn Hamilton Chernow seemed to dwell almost creepily on Hamilton s sexuality Here Chernow seems preoccupied with Grant s drinking Not that Grant s alcoholism wasn t important It was But here every meal seems to need a report whether Grant inverted his wine glass And and Chernow ends the book with that issue as if that was Grant s greatest challengeIf a biographer s sources are mostly other previous biographies McFeely Foote McPherson Catton one wonders why the need for this new book It may be that an author has achieved certain purchase that his view his take on things becomes the reason And Chernow has certainly won all the awards and now thanks to Broadway has earned star status Chernow s judgment is that Grant was smarter than you d think unuestionably honest but hopelessly na ve with business associates Nothing new there What Chernow highlights though is Grant s efforts in support of new rights for African Americans I fear I ve criticized this writing to the point where it seems I hated the book I didn t On the contrary I fairly gobbled it up I just found some things jarring Grant is still a great story with lessons for today And this book challenged me a good thing just perhaps in unintended waysCan t wait for the musical

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READ ´ Grant by Ron Chernow Ron Chernow ê 0 READ READ Grant by Ron Chernow By a trusted colleague this time a dashing young swindler on Wall Street but he resuscitated his image by working with Mark Twain to publish his memoirs which are recognized as a masterpiece of the genre With his famous lucidity breadth and meticulousness Chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as nothing heroic and yet the greatest hero His probing portrait of Grant's lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level This is America's greatest biographer bringing movingly to life one of America's finest but most underappreciated presidents The definitive biography Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant's life explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinar. This is an excellent biography which I recommend to those who enjoy that genre or history in general or American history specifically While focused on Grant as it should be this book also provides needed background on the state of the United States when Grant was a child and as he grew as these changes in turn affected Grant s life and decisionsTruly an excellent biography covering childhood through to burial Grant s struggles to find a place in the world before the coming of the Civil War which led to his and others discovery of his military talents I learned so much history of that era as well as of Grant s life To all intents and purposes Grant was foundering in both military and civilian life prior to the beginning of the Civil War It was only as he rose up through the ranks of officers and assumed battleground responsibilities developing his own strategies during the Western campaign of that war that his star began to rise and his skills and strengths were recognized He too began to recognize that he had found a place he could succeed Ultimately he found the major sponsor he would need and want the President Abraham Lincoln for whom Grant provided much needed victories at a time of Northern despairAfter the war the road seemed to lead only to the White House There some personality and workmilitary habits that had developed over time did not serve him well Over time they led to some long held negative views of his presidency It is interesting that some of the personality traits that served Grant so well during wartime proved problematic when he was president One of these involved his problem solving and decision making skills He was used to acting uickly independently almost instinctively As President he often did not consult with his cabinet Congress etc did not consider public reactions when making decisions This often led to conflict with Congress members of Congress and backlash from the public Also because of an essential naivete about people Grant would become enmeshed in schemes begun by various businessmen who sought to benefit from his position his name his past This problem existed before the war continued while he was in the White House and lasted for the rest of his life He tended to admire the powerful and rich of his time and was slow to read them as individuals He accepted them at their word and lost money and reputation at their hands Chernow also deals with the often told tales of Grant s problems with alcohol in a way that feels very convincing to meChernow s biography is excellent painstaking in its detail from childhood to burial outlining Grant s foibles and strengths what he added to the institution of the presidency and what left with him Grant lived during a hugely important time in American history when the nation was moving from an agrarian to an industrial society when the issue of secession was fought and decided to the degree it would be when the continent was about to be crossed by the railroad and the many tribes of Indians were being forced off the lands they had roamed for so many generations Grant participated in all of these as a private individual a soldier or a PresidentI highly recommend this bookA copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review

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READ ´ Grant by Ron Chernow Ron Chernow ê 0 READ READ Grant by Ron Chernow Ess But in the Civil War Grant began to realize his remarkable potential soaring through the ranks of the Union army prevailing at the Battle of Shiloh and in the Vicksburg campaign and ultimately defeating the legendary Confederate general Robert E Lee after a series of unbelievably bloody battles in Virginia Along the way Grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became his most trusted general and the strategic genius of the war effort His military fame translated into a two term presidency but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff All the while Grant himself remained or less above reproach But importantly he never failed to seek freedom and justice for black Americans working to crush the Ku Klux Klan and earning the admiration of Frederick Douglass who called him 'the vigilant firm impartial and wise protector of my race After his presidency he was again brought low. By the end of Grant s second term white Democrats through the redeemer movement had reclaimed control of every southern state winning in peacetime much of the power lost combat They promulgated a view of the Civil War as a righteous cause that had nothing to do with slavery but only states rights to which an incredulous James Longstreet once replied I never heard of any other cause of the uarrel than slavery No myth making here just beautifully researched history There s no way it s perfect I don t think that s possible Ulys as friends and family called him as an officer as President and as a failed businessman Like every other addict resisting his addiction or failing to resist is always part of the story Fortunately for him he had his wife Julia and some trusted friends to help


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