American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant

By Ronald C. White
Read by Arthur Morey

27.55 Hours 10/04/2016 unabridged
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of A. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America’s greatest generals—and most misunderstood presidents Finalist for the Gilder-Lehrman Military History Book Prize In his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the “Trinity of Great American Leaders.” But the battlefield commander–turned–commander-in-chief fell out of favor in the twentieth century. In American Ulysses, Ronald C. White argues that we need to once more revise our estimates of him in the twenty-first. Based on seven years of research with primary documents—some of them never examined by previous Grant scholars—this is destined to become the Grant biography of our time. White, a biographer exceptionally skilled at writing momentous history from the inside out, shows Grant to be a generous, curious, introspective man and leader—a willing delegator with a natural gift for managing the rampaging egos of his fellow officers. His wife, Julia Dent Grant, long marginalized in the historic record, emerges in her own right as a spirited and influential partner. Grant was not only a brilliant general but also a passionate defender of equal rights in post-Civil War America. After winning election to the White House in 1868, he used the power of the federal government to battle the Ku Klux Klan. He was the first president to state that the government’s policy toward American Indians was immoral, and the first ex-president to embark on a world tour, and he cemented his reputation for courage by racing against death to complete his Personal Memoirs. Published by Mark Twain, it is widely considered to be the greatest autobiography by an American leader, but its place in Grant’s life story has never been fully explored—until now. One of those rare books that successfully recast our impression of an iconic historical figure, American Ulysses gives us a finely honed, three-dimensional portrait of Grant the man—husband, father, leader, writer—that should set the standard by which all future biographies of him will be measured.

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Summary

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A New York Times Editor’s Choice

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for October 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of A. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America’s greatest generals—and most misunderstood presidents

Finalist for the Gilder-Lehrman Military History Book Prize

In his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the “Trinity of Great American Leaders.” But the battlefield commander–turned–commander-in-chief fell out of favor in the twentieth century. In American Ulysses, Ronald C. White argues that we need to once more revise our estimates of him in the twenty-first.

Based on seven years of research with primary documents—some of them never examined by previous Grant scholars—this is destined to become the Grant biography of our time. White, a biographer exceptionally skilled at writing momentous history from the inside out, shows Grant to be a generous, curious, introspective man and leader—a willing delegator with a natural gift for managing the rampaging egos of his fellow officers. His wife, Julia Dent Grant, long marginalized in the historic record, emerges in her own right as a spirited and influential partner.

Grant was not only a brilliant general but also a passionate defender of equal rights in post-Civil War America. After winning election to the White House in 1868, he used the power of the federal government to battle the Ku Klux Klan. He was the first president to state that the government’s policy toward American Indians was immoral, and the first ex-president to embark on a world tour, and he cemented his reputation for courage by racing against death to complete his Personal Memoirs. Published by Mark Twain, it is widely considered to be the greatest autobiography by an American leader, but its place in Grant’s life story has never been fully explored—until now.

One of those rare books that successfully recast our impression of an iconic historical figure, American Ulysses gives us a finely honed, three-dimensional portrait of Grant the man—husband, father, leader, writer—that should set the standard by which all future biographies of him will be measured.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Ronald C. White restores Ulysses S. Grant to the pantheon of great Americans.” Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Stately and thoroughly researched…[White] wants us to admire Grant—for good reason…By the end, readers will see how fortunate the nation was that Grant went into the world—to save the Union, to lead it and, on his deathbed, to write one of the finest memoirs in all of American letters.” New York Times Book Review
“A game-changing biography.” Christian Science Monitor
“Conveys the essence of Grant the man and Grant the warrior…[Grant] deserved better from posterity, and from White he gets it.” Newsday
“[White’s] style is fluid and engaging, which makes this behemoth a page-turner. His mastery of history is clear on every page.” Publishers Weekly
“Voice actor Morey tackles White’s sprawling biography…with characteristic poise and dignity. The audiobook veteran never misses a beat with regard to diction and pacing…It’s not that Morey doesn’t let himself demonstrate emotion—a couple of scenes in which Grant angrily disciplines soldiers for their mistreatment of horses certainly grab the listener’s attention…but Morey maintains a somber presence befitting the nature of both the text and Grant himself.” Publishers Weekly (audio review)
“Arthur Morey offers a solid narration. His voice is serious without sounding pedantic. This helps carry the narration through occasional overly detailed passages that could become tiresome in the hands of a less talented reader. He varies his tone to fit the material and sets off quotes with appropriate pauses. He doesn’t adopt special voices for individual speakers, which is wise given the brief length of most quotes.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Ronald C. White Jr.

Ronald C. White Jr. is the author and editor of five books on American intellectual, religious, and social history. He has taught at Colorado College, Whitworth College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and UCLA. He is currently dean and professor of American religious history at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He lives in San Anselmo and La Canada, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 27.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English