A dramatic portrait of one of America's most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant, by Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow, author of the book on which the astonishing musical Hamilton is based. As late as April 1861, when the American Civil War broke out, Ulysses S. Grant was a dismal failure. A competent officer in the war against Mexico, he had resigned from the army over his drinking and had sunk into poverty as a civilian, losing all his money in hopeless investments. He had failed to secure the command of a volunteer unit and was about to return to his abject life working in his family's leather-goods store when he was offered the colonelcy of an Illinois regiment. Less than four years later he was the commanding general of the victorious Union armies and was hailed as a military genius. He later served two terms as President of the United States. This is the epic biography of a very unheroic American hero, a modest, reticent and principled man who surprised the world and changed it for the better.
'Chernow's 1,100-page biography may crown Grant's restoration ... Mr Chernow argues persuasively that Grant has been badly misunderstood' The Economist. 'Chernow rewards the reader with considerable life-and-times background, clear-eyed perspective, sympathy that stops short of sycophancy, and gritty and intimate details' Boston Globe. 'A superb, compelling biography that redefines the alcoholic failure who became Abraham Lincoln's victorious general and a fine president' Simon Sebag Montefiore. 'As history, it is remarkable ... This book's greatest service is to remind us of Grant's significant achievements at the end of the war and after' International New York Times. 'Undoubtedly the best biography of this deeply flawed man ... Chernow has produced a captivating book' The Times.
Ron Chernow is the million-copy bestselling author of Alexander Hamilton, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books include the Pulitzer prize-winning Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., and Washington: A Life, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography.