U. S. Grant and the American Military TraditionA concise biography of the legendary Union general and controversial US president from “one of America’s foremost Civil War authorities” (Kirkus Reviews).
Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Bruce Catton explores the life and legacy of one of the nation’s most misunderstood heroes: Ulysses S. Grant. In this classic work, Grant emerges as a complicated figure whose accomplishments have all too often been downplayed or overlooked.
Catton begins with Grant’s youth and his service as a young lieutenant under General Zachary Taylor in the Mexican-American War. He recounts Grant’s subsequent disgrace, from his forced resignation for drinking to his failures as a citizen farmer and salesman. He then chronicles his redemption during the Civil War, as Grant rose from the rank of an unknown solider to commanding general of the US Army and savior of the Union.
U. S. Grant and the American Military Tradition details all of his signature campaigns: From Fort Henry, Shiloh, and the Siege of Vicksburg to Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, Grant won national renown. Then, as a two-term president, Grant achieved a number of underrated successes that must figure into any telling of his life.
From Grant’s childhood in Ohio to his final days in New York, this succinct and illuminating biography is required reading for anyone interested in American history.
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“[A] work of art . . . Because of the author’s good judgment, clear thinking, rich imagination and wonderful way with words U. S. Grant and the American Military Tradition is a sparkling, absorbing, and rewarding book.” —The New York Times
“A significant contribution . . . Catton’s book is well written, fast moving, and interesting. It is a must for anyone interested in the period.” —Indiana Magazine of History
Praise for Bruce Catton
“One of America’s foremost Civil War authorities.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the author
Bruce Catton (1899-1978) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian, and journalist. He served in the navy during World War I and was the director of information for the War Production Board during World War II. Catton's military and government experience inspired his first book, The War Lords of Washington, and he is best known for his acclaimed works on the Civil War, including Mr. Lincoln's Army and Glory Road. His most celebrated Civil War history, A Stillness at Appomattox, won both the National Book Award for Nonfiction and the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1954. Catton was also the founding editor of American Heritage magazine. Among his other works are Grant Moves South; Grant Takes Command; and a three-part chronicle endorsed by the US Civil War Centennial Commission, The Coming Fury, Terrible Swift Sword, and Never Call Retreat.