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Ulysses S. Grant - 1869-1877 (Paperback, Bilingual and R): Josiah Bunting
Ulysses S. Grant - 1869-1877 (Paperback, Bilingual and R): Josiah Bunting

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Ulysses S. Grant - 1869-1877 (Paperback, Bilingual and R)

Josiah Bunting

Series: American Presidents S.

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Ulysses S. Grant was renowned as a hero and savior of the Union in his day. Yet modern historians are likely to recall him as a president who barely survived one scandal after another. Call it a profile in courage: in this contribution to Arthur Schlesinger's American Presidents series (and the best written of the 32 volumes to have appeared thus far), novelist and historian Bunting (All Loves Excelling, 2001, etc.) attempts to rescue Grant from "the cliches of the Grant Myth" by examining their origins. Unlike many politicians and commanders of his era, Grant was inclined to a commonsensical, economical attitude that was easily mistaken for taciturnity and opacity; his fellow students at West Point, for example, remembered him a silent and awkward, though one praised him as having "the most perfect regard for truth . . . not a prominent man in the Corps, but respected by all." No one back home expected him to survive the Military Academy, much less to become a hero of the Mexican War, a conflict he regarded from the outset as unjust but served in nonetheless, writing to a friend, "Experience proves that the man who obstructs a war in which his country is engaged, no matter whether right or wrong, occupies no enviable place in life or history." Not that Grant was particularly ambitious to earn glory in life or history; rather, he seems to have thrived in doing his duty quietly and efficiently, moving, like Caesar, to the next task when one was finished. Such qualities endeared him to Abraham Lincoln, whose champion he became; indeed, writes Bunting, as president, "Grant would labor to fulfill what he took to be Abraham Lincoln's vision for a nation made whole." And what of his failure to stem corruption in his government? Bunting explains, quite reasonably, that Grant accepted some of it as political necessity-and argues as well that some of what we regard as corruption today was not judged as such in Grant's own time, adding that "the best-known scandal of the Grant era had nothing to do with Ulysses Grant." A splendid, short-form introduction to Grant's life and career. (Kirkus Reviews)
As a general, Ulysses S. Grant is routinely described in glowing terms - the man who turned the tide of the Civil War, who accepted Lee's surrender at Appomattox, and who had the stomach to see the war through to final victory. But his presidency is another matter - the most common word used to characterize it is "scandal." Grant is routinely portrayed as a man out of his depth, whose trusting nature and hands-off management style opened the federal coffers to unprecedented plunder. But that caricature does not do justice to the realities of Grant's term in office, as Josiah Bunting III shows in this provocative assessment of our eighteenth president. Grant came to Washington in 1869 to lead a capital and a country still bitterly divided by four years of civil war. His predecessor, Andrew Johnson, had been impeached and nearly driven from office, and the radical Republicans in Congress were intent on imposing harsh conditions on the Southern states before allowing them back into the Union. Grant made it his priority to forge the states into a single nation, and Bunting shows that despite the troubles that characterized Grant's terms in office, he was able to accomplish this most important task-very often through the skillful use of his own popularity with the American people. Grant was indeed a military man of the highest order, and he was a better president than he is often given credit for.


Imprint: Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
Country of origin: United States
Series: American Presidents S.
Release date: September 2004
First published: September 2004
Authors: Josiah Bunting
Dimensions: 220 x 150 x 23mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 180
Edition: Bilingual and R
ISBN-13: 978-0-8050-6949-5
Barcode: 9780805069495
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political structure & processes > Political leaders & leadership
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Historical, political & military
Books > Biography > Historical, political & military
LSN: 0-8050-6949-6

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