AUDIO - Grant at 200: Reconsidering the Life and Legacy of Ulysses S. Grant

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Chris Mackowski and Frank J. Scaturro

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Narrated by Rick Adamson

Essays contributed by:

Chris Mackowski
John F. Marszalek
Ronald C. White
Nick Sacco
Timothy B. Smith
Joan Waugh
Gary W. Gallagher
Charles W. Calhoun
Alvin S. Felzenberg
Ryan P. Semmes
Frank J. Scaturro
Ben Kemp
Ulysses Grant Dietz
Curt Fields
Jack Kemp

About the Book

 Ulysses S. Grant stood at the center of the American Civil Ware maelstrom. The Ohio native answered his nation’s call to service and finished the war as a lieutenant general in command of the U. S. Army. Three years later he ascended to the presidency in an attempt to better secure the peace he had helped win on the battlefield. Despite his major achievements in war and peace, political and sectional enemies battered his reputation. For nearly a century his military and political career remained deeply misunderstood.

Since the Civil War centennial, however, Grant’s reputation has blossomed into a full renaissance. His military record garners new respect and, more recently, an appreciation for his political career—particularly his strong advocacy for civil rights—is quickly catching up. Throughout these decades his personal memoirs, marking him as a significant American “Man of Letters,” have never gone out of print.

Grant at 200: Reconsidering the Life and Legacy of Ulysses S. Grant celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of a man whose towering impact on American history has often been overshadowed and in many cases, ignored. This collection of essays by some of today’s leading Grant scholars offers fresh perspectives on Grant’s military career and presidency, as well as underexplored personal topics such as his faith and his family life.

Proceeds from this volume will go to support the Ulysses S. Grant Association and the Grant Monument Association.



 “An unmatched collection of brilliant, compelling, and insightful essays that convincingly establish Grant as ‘America’s Ulysses’ and ‘The Man Who Saved the Union’—the incomparable Civil War commander without whose exceptional strategy, indomitable leadership, and sheer determination Lincoln might have lost the election of 1864 and the United States as we know it would have ceased to exist. With contributions from top Grant scholars and featuring impressive new research, these essays contribute to the striking reassessment of Grant that has taken place over the past two decades and has restored Grant to the pedestal on which he rightfully should stand and from which he never should have been toppled.” — General David Petraeus, U.S. Army (Ret.), former Commander of the Surge in Iraq, U.S. Central Command, and NATO/Forces in Afghanistan and former Director of the CIA


“As a Civil War historian, I thought I knew everything important about Ulysses S. Grant. But the 16 essays in this terrific book by 14 different historians and biographers have deepened my knowledge of his generalship and increased my appreciation of the achievements of his presidency. They also offer a rich bonus of new information and astute insights about the personal life of this surprisingly complex and remarkable American.” — James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era


“In honor of Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th birthday, many of the nation’s foremost historians have taken a fresh look at Grant the general, the president, and, perhaps most intriguingly, the man. This engaging collection of essays bristles with thoughtful insights into Grant’s military and political accomplishments and his personal relationships with his family, friends, and associates. Grant at 200 has truly given me a deeper appreciation of this remarkable figure. If ever a book deserved five stars, this is it!” — Gordon Rhea, author of the acclaimed five-volume series on Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign


"The book succeeds in its aim of showing that Grant deserves to be remembered and studied for his many contributions to our country. More broadly, the book shows the value of studying and learning to appreciate our country's history in all its complexity. - Robin Friedman