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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813134447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813134444
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,572,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""John Y. Simon was a towering figure in Civil War scholarship, a world-renowned authority on U.S. Grant, and a Lincoln scholar of no mean distinction. His prose, like his personality, is scintillating."--Michael Burlingame, Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, University of Illinois at Springfield, and author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life" --



""Simon's writing is clear, succinct, and lively, and he delighted in exposing bogus evidence, dishonest testimony, and selfish political ambition. There is a great deal of provocative information here, and bringing it all together in one volume is a major contribution to the historiography of the Civil War." -- James A. Ramage, author of Gray Ghost: The Life of Col. John Singleton Mosby" --



""John Y. Simon was a towering figure in Civil War scholarship, a world-renowned authority on U.S. Grant, and a Lincoln scholar of no mean distinction. His prose, like his personality, is scintillating." --Michael Burlingame, Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, University of Illinois at Springfield, and author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life" --



"In several essays, Simon cherishes the opportunity to set the record straight regarding myths about Lincoln and Grant... The Union Forever is an outstanding tribute to John Y. Simons, who was one of the nation's leading Civil War historians." -- Leonne M. Hudson, The Journal of Southern History



"The Union Forever will be rewarding reading for anyone with an interest in the Civil War, and of particular value to specialists in Lincoln, Grant, and civil military relations." -- The NYMAS Review



"The volume performs a valuable service by making available essays from a wide range of publications (from museum brochures to the pages of Civil War Times Illustrated)..." -- Chandra Manning, Indiana Magazine of History



"Everything needed to convince the reader of what made John Y. memorable, and even adorable, is safely ensconced in these pages." -- Allen Car Guelzo, Author of Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction, The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society



"The Union Forever allows veteran scholars to revisit classic works and makes available to new generations of readers Simon's perspectives on America's greatest leaders during a time of crisis and change. -- McCormick Messenger" -- Bob Edmonds, McCormick Messenger



"For military historians, the collection is a mixed bag, but eminently readable an thoroughly enjoyable, it will appeal to CAMP's readership. -- The Journal of America's Military Past" -- Russel K. Brown, The Journal of America's Military Past



"In The Union Forever, Professor Glenn LaFantasie of Western Kentucky University has brought together fifteen of John's finest essays. Seven deal with Lincoln, six with Grant, and two with Lincoln and Grant. Taken together, they provide the best and most concise distillation of the character of the two men who saved the Union. -- Civil War Book Review" -- John Edward Smith, Civil War Book Review



" The Union Forever will be rewarding reading for anyone with an interest in the Civil War, and of particular value to specialists in Lincoln, Grant, and civil military relations. -- The NYMAS Review" -- The NYMAS Review



"In conclusion, this book brings together the interesting essays by a historian who spent his life devoted to the study of the Civil War. Although much of this material has been published before, this book allows Simon's essays to be available to a broader audience. For those wanting a readable, interesting book on the two men who did the most to preserve the Union, this is it. -- Blue & Gray Magazine" -- Robert Grandchamp, Blue & Gray Magazine



"Simon offers a masterful portrayal of Grant's personal life. -- Northwest Ohio History" -- Zachery A. Fry, Northwest Ohio History

About the Author

John Y. Simon (1933--2008), editor of the multivolume Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, was professor of history at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association.

Glenn W. LaFantasie, Richard Frockt Family Professor of Civil War History and director of the Institute of Civil War Studies at Western Kentucky University, is the author and editor of several books, including Twilight at Little Round Top. He is also a Contributing Writer on history and politics for Salon.com.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Union Forever: Lincoln, Grant, and the Civil War is a tribute to the late, world-renowned scholar John Y. Simon, best known for being the editor of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant. Brought together in one volume are a series of previously published but exceptionally insightful essays which demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt the breadth and depth of Simon's scholarship. The essays on Lincoln range from his troubled relationship with his father, to Ann Rutledge, Fort Sumter, Emancipation, Henry Halleck, and his 1864 summer of despair. The essays on Grant range from a reassessment 100 years after his death, his marriage to Julia Dent, the paradox of his life, the obnoxious order against Jews, and the Road to Appomattox. A final section contains two essays on the relationship of Grant and Lincoln concerning Kentucky in 1861 and unconditional surrender. Simon is a no-nonsense writer, reveling in his ability to cut to the chase and set the record straight, exemplified by his contention that the South lost the Civil War the moment they needlessly began it by firing upon Fort Sumter, giving Lincoln the moral high ground. As I completed this marvelous book I could understand why Glen LaFantasie wrote in his introduction that, "He's gone from us now, and I miss him. Editing his essays for publication helped to bring me close to him again, even for a short time. As I read each line, each word, John's thunderous basso voice came back to me. . . . I can't stop wishing that I could hear just one more time that monumental voice. . . ." Glen, I envy you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albert A. Nofi on December 19, 2013
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A summary of the review on StrategyPage.Com:

'John Y. Simon (1933-2008), the tireless editor of the Ulysses S. Grant papers, completed 31 volumes from 1967 until shortly before his death. In the process of doing that, he wrote literally hundreds of essays, commentaries, and reviews on various aspects of Grant’s life and career, the Civil War, Lincoln and many other notables, as well as on the problems of editing and documentary preservation, and on historical memory. Fifteen of Simon’s essays touching upon Lincoln and Grant have been collected in this volume by Prof. LaFantasie (Western Kentucky). His introduction and a foreword by Harold Holzer and Frank J. Williams help clarify Simon’s valuable contributions to the history of the Civil War.

'The essays are divided into three parts. The first group is focused on Lincoln, and address his relationships with his father and with Anne Rutledge, the Sumter crisis, his evolving views on emancipation, his interactions with general Henry Halleck, his response to the military crisis of 1864, and his personal views on a variety of subjects.

'The second section deals with Grant and includes essays on the changing views of his military abilities, his unique personality, his unusually strong marital life, his relationship with Representative Elihu Washburne, the curious “Jewish Order”, and his generalship.

'The final section has two essays on the interactions between Lincoln and Grant; one covering the evolving military crisis in Kentucky in 1861 and the second on the emergence of the “Unconditional Surrender” policy in 1865.

'The Union Forever will be rewarding reading for anyone with an interest in the Civil War, and of particular value to specialists in Lincoln, Grant, and civil military relations.'

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian Schlect VINE VOICE on February 15, 2013
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A nice selection of targeted essays from the career of a now deceased historian, Professor John Y. Simon. It serves as a fitting tribute to this scholar.

Professor Simon wrote in clear, direct prose, much like General Grant. His academic interest was the Civil War, and, within this epic topic, this interest was mainly devoted to the war's two great heroes, U.S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln. He gives the factual evidence, then his decided opinion.

This book, ably edited by Glenn W. LaFantasie, deserves a place on the shelve in one's home allocated to the Civil War.
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