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Grant's Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant's Heroic Last Year Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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Kirkus Reviews, BEA Special Issue, 4/15/11
“A lucid, often somber account of the sad but noble decline of Ulysses S. Grant…Upon learning of his death, Grant’s former opponent James Longstreet called him ‘the truest as well as the bravest man who ever lived.’ In this swiftly moving narrative, Flood ably shows why he deserved the accolade. A welcome addition to the literature surrounding Grant and his time.”
The Waterline, 6/2/11
“Flood’s book is an excellent read about a little explored aspect of General Grant, and is recommended to those with a passion for American history and specifically the Civil War.”
Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion
“Charles Bracelen Flood has painted a moving and illuminating portrait of Ulysses Grant’s grace as the dying general faced possible ruin. Grant is so important, yet he somehow seems always on the periphery of the American mind. Flood’s excellent new book should help put Grant where he belongs: in the center of our memory.”
Jean Edward Smith, author of the Pulitzer Prize-finalist, Grant
“An unsurpassed account of Grant’s final year. Mr. Flood has written not only the definitive study, but also the most readable. A wonderful book.”
“Charles Bracelen Flood has now set his deft and discerning pen to the story of General U. S. Grant's heroic effort during the last year of his life in writing his famous memoirs. Anyone with as much as a grain of interest in the nation's history will derive both profit and pleasure from Flood's work.”
Thomas Fleming, author of The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee
“Seldom if ever have I read a book that plunges so deeply – and so masterfully – into the human side of a major historical figure. When that figure is a man as laconic and private as Ulysses S. Grant, the achievement is even more remarkable. Charles Bracelen Flood has combined his talents as a novelist and historian to create an irresistible book.”
Frank J. Williams, president of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and chair of The Lincoln Forum
“In his latest winning book, Grant’s Final Victory, Charles Bracelen Flood defines a true American hero in this sensitive telling of Ulysses S. Grant’s last campaign to provide for his family in the last year of his life.”
William C. Davis, author of Battle at Bull Run
“In a fitting companion to his classic Lee: The Last Years, Charles Bracelen Flood’s Grant's Final Victory provides a moving account of a hero's last heroic deeds struggling against financial disaster to provide for his family, and battling cancer to complete what would become one of the greatest memoirs ever written by an American. Crippled by pain, unable to speak, his last chapters written almost in a scrawl, the general who saved the Union demonstrated once again his power of command, just as Flood has shown once more his mastery of narrating the most poignant and inspiring moments of our past.”
Harold Holzer, author of Lincoln at Cooper Union and chairman of the Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation
“Ulysses S. Grant won the war but lost both his money and his reputation in the aftermath of his checkered presidency. With consummate grace, Charles Bracelen Flood traces the old general’s resurrection, as he battled misfortune and disease to complete his peerless memoir and secure his family’s future. They say heroes have no second act, but Grant did, and Flood recalls his fall and rise in a gripping and elegant narrative.”
“A moving if painful portrait of a dying national hero.”
“Flood captures Grant’s stoic determination to finish, delivering the poignant backstory to his famous, ever-popular recollections.”
Library Journal, 9/1/11
“Flood writes movingly of the last months of Ulysses S. Grant’s life…Flood has great respect for his subject and succeeds in transmitting it to the reader. Those who like presidential or post-Civil War history will especially enjoy this book, aimed at general readers, with its compelling portrait of a well-known historical figure.”
“Flood has chosen one of the great profiles in courage from American history and told it splendidly.”
“[An] excellent history…Flood tells the story masterfully; it is a story that is at once tragic and inspiring…Flood writes in such a clear and easy-to-read manner that it took but two sittings for me to read through this 250-page book…Will appeal to a wide audience, but especially those interested in the Civil War and one of its most legendary figures…This is more than just the story of Grant's final year; it is also a story of hope in the face of adversity, and inspiration in the face of tragedy.”
Christian Science Monitor, 10/19/11
“Flood offers a fascinating coda to a remarkable life in this brisk, well-told history of the final months and days of Ulysses S. Grant…[Flood] demonstrates a keen understanding of Grant and other major figures without bogging the story down in excessive detail. The author’s command of details and anecdotes shines throughout.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/26/11
“[An] inspiring tale of resilience.”
Bookviews blog, December 2011
“Flood goes beyond Grant’s memoirs…Flood paints a picture of a man devoted to his family. His determination, love of family and nation, is captured in this biography.”
“[An] absorbing, vivid tale of one man's struggle against the inevitable, highly recommended.”
“[A] fascinating and entertaining book…Grant's Memoirs remain a classic to this day, and Flood's view into the circumstances surrounding their creation makes a perfect companion piece.”
Politics & Patriotism (blog), 1/25/12
“This is more than a documentation of one man’s death. It’s a closer look at what it means to do ‘great things.’”
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In the early 1880's Grant seemingly had the world in his hands. He was the victor of the Civil War, having defeated the great Robert E. Lee. He was the former president of the United States. He and his wife Julia moved to a nearly $100,000 townhouse in New York City after having returned from a yearlong tour of the world where he was met with adulation. He was a partner in the seemingly successful financial firm of Grant & Ward.
This partnership would be the financial undoing of Grant and many others as the 40% dividends that were being paid were lies. Grant had been caught in what now is called a Ponzi scheme. Author Flood does an admirable job of explaining what happened and the resulting fall out. Faced with financial ruin many offers came to Grant in his time of need. Attempts were made in Congress to restore Grant's rank of General (forfeited when he became President) that would allow him to receive pension benefits. Individuals from across the country sent donations to the Grant family, many of these coming from soldiers he had led in battle just a few years prior. Perhaps most important was Century Magazine and their offer to publish first hand war articles from Grant.
Unknown to Grant however was that his biggest challenge was yet to come. Cancer.Read more ›
While no new factual ground is plowed, this book by the capable Charles Bracelen Flood reminds one of (or introduces one to) the importance of General Grant's life. It also serves to underscore the value of both personal character and a supportive family and friends in responding to life's body blows. Here, after being at the pinnacle of fame and success, the former president found himself dead broke and under a scandalous financial scheme's cloud. He quietly fought back, even though stricken with a wasting disease, by writing one of the clearest and best of military memoirs.
General Grant's reputation has enjoyed a resurgence over the past decade and this book will add still further support to those of us who think of him as one of our country's most decent, effective, and important historical figures.
What surprised me the most was the tremendous outpouring of popular support and love for the man. We get so used to politicians (after all, he was President) being reviled during and after they leave office that it is remarkable to read about the newspaper stories, banquets, ceremonies, etc. He was revered and beloved, even after the scandals of his administration. The book left me interested in reading more about that era.
Flood's portrayal of the successful Civil War figure racing to document his memoirs and provide for his family before cancer takes him was personal and touching. He presents a very human side of his protagonist. The reader is introduced to Grant's immediate family - wife Julia, sons Fred, Buck and Jesse and their families, Grant's caretakers and close friends. Period "celebrities", such as Mark Twain and Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Civil War alumni, such as Sherman and Longstreet, also appear, along with hordes of the everyman. I had not previously realized Grant's universal popularity across the North as well as the South and internationally.
My perception of Grant was reinforced by "Final Victory": he was a good - but not great - man, unremarkable; but yet with some qualities that were perfect for the time and place. While his pre-war and post-war political and professional accomplishments were by no means stellar, his Civil War reputation and his personal characteristics were worthy of the admiration bestowed upon him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The information is well-researched, but much of it came from other accounts such as Mrs. Grant's memoirs.Published 22 days ago by Joyce Davidson
This book chronicles the failure of Grant's investment bank business and the restoration of his fortunes by writing his memoirs over the last year of his life, all the while... Read morePublished 1 month ago by CJA
The more we read about Ulysses Grant, the more we must admire him and acknowledge his greatness. Not only was he a valuable and clever general who fought when other Union generals... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard S. Dixon Jr.
The author brought out the character of Grant. His exploration of Grant's relationships with others really gave me a good feel for Grant. Read morePublished 12 months ago by W. Wirtanen
depressing novel of Grants last days Read about his glory days instead way more interestingPublished 14 months ago by Joan Ohlendorf
Many of the quotes in this book were lifted from the author's book Grant and Sherman: A Friendship That Won the Civil War. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Laurie
Flood did a fantastic job of research on this book. Gen. Grant was a truly great general and a great president.Published 21 months ago by Al Clerihue
Bought this book for a friend's birthday... He said that it was enjoyed.
Seemed like a great tragedy for such a noble man.