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Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 1822-1865
Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 1822-1865
by Brooks D. Simpson
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars Without A Human Pulse, January 26, 2000
Technically the writing is fine, but there is no energy, no passion, no humanity about Grant or any of the other historical figures. Simpson even manages to make the irascible and outspoken Sherman dull and dreary while Grant comes off as a flat, one dimensional technician void of all emotion and creative spirit.
When I bought the book I wasn't looking for Grant's canonization, but I was looking for Ulysses S. Grant. I wanted to enjoy his legendary friendship with Sherman. I expected to learn about his wife and children. I hoped to have his intellectual gifts unraveled from the oxidation of myth and distortion. I hoped to hear his humor that often surprised and delighted. Instead, Simpson provides a dull, almost brutal recitation of military facts without a human pulse. By the time Vicksburg was won, I was lost to boredom and irritation.
Simpson's voice is so silent on Grant, the person, the general, the hero, that it was like reading directions for making compost. I began to think he doesn't like Grant. It appears he has no opinion on whether Grant drank or butchered his men which are the two tenacious tentacles that strangle Grant's reputation. Silence may be golden, but in this case it leaves a lot of rust.

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