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Download Ì eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Á Ron Chernow Ron Chernow Á 8 Summary Read Grant AUTHOR 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. I ve finished admidst an outpouring of tears If only we could have cloned this manAt 1074 pages this is one of the longest audio books or for that matter a physical book that I finished Plus I could have continued reading so I think that is uite a testimony I m not going to attempt to explain this book or this man one needs to experience that for themselves So I ll just say that in my junior year of Highschool history class I learned little and what I remember is that he drank alot This book not only how unfair it is to judge someone on just one thing but that there is to someone than short excerpts taught in classThe author does a wonderful job showing Grants strength and his weaknesses His naivete where friends where concerned and his genuine honesty with himself and others I finished liking this man as a General as a President and as a father and husband He had integrity courage and was harder on himself than on others We could use men like him now men with the courage to do what they think is right regardless of the conseuences If you are at all interested in the Civil War or Grant himself this is the book to readI loved the narrators voice too Mark Bramhall so fives all the way around

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Download Ì eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Á Ron Chernow Ron Chernow Á 8 Summary Read Grant AUTHOR 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 exceptionally good book It is well researched It is comprehensive and thorough It is so comprehensive and so thorough that one needs to take a break from it now and then What this means perhaps in reality though is that the author should have in some parts lightened the tone related a humorous incident or switched to a less ponderous topic a topic easier to absorb just for a while to give the reader a bit of a break Reading this book is a commitment and it is best to know this when you start The book covers just about everything that is known about Grant 1822 1885 His youth is covered rather briefly Readers learn of his participation in the Mexican American War 1846 1848 The Civil War Reconstruction and Grant s two terms in office as President are detailed in full Soldiers both Union and Confederate fellow Republicans friends and foes those he worked with and appointed to top governmental positions are all meticulously documented Every person and topic touched upon is covered in full The book is not merely about Grant but just as much about the era he lived in and all those he rubbed shoulders with during his life His two year four month journey around the world including the places he saw and the dignitaries he met as well as his travels and talks given while visiting most of the states in the union before a possible third term election that by the way fizzled at the Republican convention are recounted too The corruption and frauds that plagued Grant s presidencies his lack of business acumen his gullibility his naive trust in the goodness of man as well as his alcohol addiction are all hereAt book s end one feels one has a full understanding of Grant not just what he did but also who he was and what made him tick His relationships with members of his family and with those he had contact with are fully explored When John Aaron Rawlins Grant s longtime staff advisor confidant friend and defender dies I felt I personally had lost a friend All is recounted in a relatively balanced manner At the same time it is made uite clear that Chernow likes the man he is writing about Chernow admires Grant He seems willing to forgive mistakes made and to proffer possible explanations for Grant s weaknesses follies and errors The author s sympathetic view of Grant is pronounced in the beginning of the book Chernow s view becomes balanced by the book s end The only real criticism I have is that bits of information are repeated several times It feels like the author seems to have forgotten that we had already been told this or that One might ask for better editing The book ends well so well that I was tempted to give it five stars It closes with Grant s writing of his own memoir It was Mark Twain who wanted Grant to write his memoir and it was Twain s publishing company that brought it into print And then Grant dies He dies of mouth cancer and his death is one of excruciating pain and suffering At this point you are suffering with him The process of writing his memoir is what had kept Grant alive Twain states that he regrets he had not spoken with Grant about his alcohol addiction He points out that which is missing from Grant s own memoir These topics are covered here in Chernow s book and you realize how very good the book you have just completed has been One must admit this is a clever move by Chernow Grant s excruciating death first weakens the reader and then we are pushed to feel how very lucky we are to have access to such a comprehensive tome I am nevertheless sticking with my four star rating I like the book a lot and this is exactly what four stars is supposed to mean I personally am not an expert on the Civil War or American presidents and for me a few less details would have made the book easier to get through The book is excellent but my rating expresses my reaction to it The audiobook is narrated by Mark Bramhall His performance is impeccable He uses different intonations for different speakers but he never exaggerates He does this with true finesse The tempo is perfect You hear every word The narration is definitely worth five stars Titan The Life of John D Rockefeller Sr 5 starsAlexander Hamilton 4 starsWashington A Life 4 starsGrant 4 starsThe House of Morgan An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance TBRThe Warburgs The Twentieth Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family TBR

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Download Ì eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Á Ron Chernow Ron Chernow Á 8 Summary Read Grant AUTHOR 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. Ron Chernow s epic Grant is a masterful piece of scholarship which succeeds in bringing this much maligned and misunderstood President into focus and making him indomitable on the battlefield incorruptible with respect to rights for African Americans and na vely gullible Ulysses S Grant is truly a rags to riches story or accurately rags to potential to rags to riches to rags to euilibrium to death which covers his childhood and first bankruptcy his generalship during the Civil War his two terms as President and finally as his extraordinary world tour and the writing of his memoirs edited by Mark Twain and written as he was dying of cancer The scope is breathtaking and the heft is arm crushing 958 pages of tight unforgettable prose Grant is revealed to be a person of little emotional expression and yet deep sincere feelings of injustice He fought tooth and nail for the liberation of black slaves for their integration into the Union army and for the protection of their rights during Reconstruction It was work that was not without missteps along the way but given the prevailing racism both north and south of the fracture between the Rebels and the Union it is remarkable The descriptions of battle are extraordinary giving us the sense of Grant s strategy his absolute imperturbability under fore and his horror of bloodshed His predecessor Andrew Johnson bears many comparisons in his lack of character and his overt racism to another recently impeached president Against this background it is remarkable that Grant kept the faith and continued to the very end to fight against racism and slavery Grant s greatest adversary was probably not Lee but his own alcoholism He struggled with this with some failures and successes all his life It is another tribute to his strength that this crippling addiction was held at bay over four decades during which he was a primary actor in the American drama in the late 19c Grant has suffered from a double standard in the eyes of historians When Lincoln employed patronage for political ends which he did extensively they have praised him as a master politician when Grant catered to the same spoilsmen they have denigrated him as a corrupt opportunist p 733 Chernow tries to show Grant in a realistic light struggling with alcoholism fighting corruption and still being duped time and time again because of his idealism perceived by history through a double standard and he succeeds marvelously On many issues Grant was way ahead of his time he sponsored legislation which was an early form of the Civil Rights legislation of 1965 he saw Florida becoming a great resort for invalids and people wishing to avoid the rigors of a Northern Winter p 893 he saw the US expand West leveraging European capital to eclipse Europe in military power and eventually in economic power as well He was truly a remarkable man as Frederick Douglass intoned In him the Negro found a protector the Indian a friend a vanuished foe a brother an imperiled nation a savior p 957 Maybe Douglass exaggerated a bit on the Indian piece because that was one of Grant s moral blindspots he na vely believed that Indians could peacefully accept a complete change in their lifestyle which led to massacres and eventually genocide under successive administrationsBesides the dramatic finish writing the last line in his Memoirs just as he passes away from virulent throat cancer and his struggle with alcoholism I found his relationship with Lincoln touching and moving They made uite the unlikely and yet visionary team One does wonder whether the extreme violence of the post War South would have been avoided if Booth s bullet had not cut Honest Abe s life short in 1865This biography is an absolute masterpiece and deserves your attention and merits your time Those who ignore errors in history are doomed to repeat them There is much to learn from Grant and much to both emulate and avoid Definitely also read the masterful Team of Rivals The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln to get an even deeper perspective on Lincoln and the Civil War and insight into the Virginia campaigns before Grant was given control of the Union armies


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  • Hardcover
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  • Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow
  • Ron Chernow
  • English
  • 08 January 2020
  • 9781594204876