Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S Grant The underappreciated presidency of the military man who won the Civil War and then had to win the peace as wellAs a general Ulysses S Grant is routinely described in glowing terms the man who turned

  • Title: Ulysses S. Grant
  • Author: Josiah Bunting Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780805069495
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The underappreciated presidency of the military man who won the Civil War and then had to win the peace as wellAs 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 tThe underappreciated presidency of the military man who won the Civil War and then had to win the peace as wellAs 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.

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    bestpresidentialbios/2014/“Ulysses S. Grant” is Josiah Bunting’s 2004 biography of the eighteenth U.S. president. Bunting is an author, retired officer in the US Army and has served in a variety of academic and leadership capacities at West Point, the Naval War College, Princeton and VMI. His novel “The Lionheads” was one of Time Magazine’s “Ten Best Novels of 1973.”As a member of The American Presidents Series, readers expect a concise, punchy, straightforward biography from Bun [...]

    If we are in a new Gilded Age, then it may be time for us all to revisit the administration of Ulysses S. Grant. Bunting does a superb job of deconstructing and reconstructing Grant. Was he a drunk? Sometimes, but he also had some bad press. Was he a butcher? Sometimes, but for good reason - he wanted to end the civil war. Did he preside over a scandal ridden adminstration? Somewhat, but government was under the spoils system back then and worked differently than it does now. Bunting's Grant is [...]

    Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant, but there's a story there, as summarized in this work) was to ascend to the highest ranks in the hearts of his countrymen--from commanding general of the Union forces to President of the United States. His rise to such positions seemed most unlikely to those who knew him in the years after the Mexican War. He grew up in Ohio and, through happenstance, ended up at West Point. He completed his studies, ranking in the middle of the pack in his class. He w [...]

    I have some interest in the Civil War and, after reading Catton's "The Civil War", decided to expand my knowledge of Grant. It is 'common knowledge' that US Grant had one of the most corrupt presidencies in United States history. Bunting suggests that the common knowledge is wrong on the back cover of his biography, and makes a strong case as to why a generation of historians has misunderstood Grant. This book describes US Grant as a man who understood what needed to be done and simply did it. H [...]

    Three stars for the book; five for Grant as general; three for grant as president; five for Grant as world traveler; five for Grant as writer and author; one for Grant as business man; and last but not least, four for me as reader (I don't want to sound arrogant).

    Exceptional book. While many people have a variety of opinions concerning Grant as president, some saying he was one of the worst and some saying he was one of the best I think the truth lies somewhere in-between. A very interesting read that I would recommend.

    Learned a lot about Grant's life and presidencyand historically labeled an alcoholic when oftenit was people around him undermining himor sabotaging him. Interesting things: he deicidedto go visit his family in New Jersey turning down an invitationto attend Ford's Theatre the night Lincoln was assassinated.He did not campaign at all for President yet won two elections.He went on a tour of the world after his Presidency for nearly two years.The election after his terms neither candidate received [...]

    This book is unique in this series thus far in my reading in that it spends more time on Grant the non-president than on Grant the president. This is not totally surprising, since the time Grant spent during the Johnson presidency, his time after his presidency, and of course his time as a Union general are all very significant and need to be discussed. I did come away from the book wishing that his presidency had been covered in more depth.

    I have always been a fan of President Grant mostly due to watching the Wild, Wild West as a kid whereas it takes place during his administration. After reading this fine account of his life I realize that he was a true humanitarian and never received the credit he deserved as a General and President during this difficult and trying period in US history. A nice piece of work in the President series.

    Very enjoyable and enlightening read. If you have any interest in American history this book should be on your reading list.

    A New Look At President GrantThe short volumes in the American Presidents series offer an outstanding way for readers to get reacquainted with American history and with our Nation's leaders. Each volume is written by a scholar who brings his or her own perspective to the subject, focusing on the factors that make the president in question worth knowing and remembering. In this volume of the series, Josiah Bunting III offers an admirable and challenging portrait of U.S. Grant (1822 -- 1885) who s [...]

    In this installment of The American Presidents book series, author Jonah Bunting III takes a look at the widely-misunderstood presidency of Ulysses Grant, our nation's 18th Commander in Chief.Operating primarily under the principle that Grant's two terms were perceived as rife with alcoholism & scandal, Bunting takes this opportunity to "set the record straight", so to speak. While this book could be conceived as sympathetic towards Grant, it didn't feel overly glossy towards Grant's feats & [...]

    I've read a number of the Presidents series books and while informative they see to fall short of being really good. Bunting's job with Grant, however, hit the mark. Short but full of facts within context. A few points 1] Grant and I were born on the same day 2] Both of our grandfathers were named Noah! Any other similarities? If you know me read the book and draw your own conclusions. 3] I never knew Grant was such a supporter of Native Americans and the "freedmen". 4] A lot is often made of co [...]

    A brief, to-the-point biography of Grant - of the sort Grant himself might have approved. Pres. Grant's accomplishments for civil rights, suffrage and national unity have been forgotten due to the scandals his contemporary and historical opponents made great hay out of. Bunting makes this case, but not as forcefully as he might have. For example, he brings up that Congress hadn't had a raise in 20 years, but never ties that to the general culture of corruption he seeks a solution to. The book se [...]

    This was actually one of the best done books in the American Presidents series. Bunting does an excellent job in resuscitating the character of Grant the president while at the same time not ignoring or excusing his failings. With this title, Bunting manages in a limited framework to engage the various aspects of the Grant presidency as well as Grant the individual more diligently than most other works I've seen on him or on his tenure in the White House. If you're looking for a quick read of th [...]

    Maybe it's because I have read so many works about Grant (he was one of my favorite historical figures) this book was a bit of a letdown. This book is part of the "American Presidents Series" which is supposed to cover the president's time in office. The first half of this 150 page book covers Grant's pre-presidency so I was a little disappointed by that. However if you are looking to learn a little bit about this great American this would be a good place to start but there’s so much more to h [...]

    Josiah Bunting's biography of Grant was exactly what you might expect from the American Presidents Series. It is short and reasonably positive. The author argued that Grant was more successful as president than most people usually give him credit for. He did offer some criticisms of Grant, which added credibility to his account. The book devoted less time to Grant's time as president than any other book in the series that I've read. Perhaps that's because Grant's career as a general is so univer [...]

    Written by a military historian, the book focuses more on Grant's lead up to and leadership during the Civil War. There is more detail for certain battles and war decisions than for parts of the Presidency. But all in all, that is probably appropriate for describing him, and arguably more important to the country.

    I have a little more respect for Grant now that I've read this book, he was a man of character. The writing is good, and the introduction by Arthur Schlesinger Jr is a bonus. He says, "Great presidents possess, or are possessed by, a vision of an ideal America. Their passion, as they grasp the helm, is to set the ship of state on the right course toward the port they seek."

    A pretty good book about an underrated president. It's short, which I like, but Bunting reads maybe too much into what Grant was thinking, without necessarily having things he said or did to back up his assertions. Still, Bunting makes a strong case for Grant's reputation has been unfairly besmirched by confederate appologists.

    I'd always had the impression that Grant was a great general but a naive, bumbling president, who let his cabinet and cronies run wild. After reading this bio, my opion has totally changed. Grant faced some of the toughest challenges any president has faced and handled them honorably and well. I would now rank him as a great president and someone I personally look up to.

    us grant is one of my favorite presidents - thrilling life, traveled all over the world, got us through the end of the civil war, a man who learned from is mistakes and the reader gives an okay version of his life.

    Another home run in this series - check out the annotated bibliography at the end of the book. The author reminds you that opinions on Grant as a president and general have evolved with time. A read about his life is well worth the time.

    I didn't know that much about Grant other than he was a drinker and savior of the Civil War. I ended up really liking him. He seemed to be an honorable man and he loved his wife! He wasn't the best prez but he wasn't the worst.

    delightful and easy to read, and concise account of Grant's life. his Ohio roots, to his service in the Mexican War, to his exit and return to the miltary, to his ascendency to the great general, to his presidency.

    The author spent too much time on Gen. Grant and not enough on Pres. Grant. His two presidential terms are breezed through too quickly! This is supposed to be "The American Presidents" series, not a series on Civil War generals.

    There were times that Mr. Bunting was evasive with certain names, and other times that he used excessive language, I felt, but, all in all, this was a solid, concise biography.

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