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U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth (Civil War America) Paperback – August 1, 2013

4.4 out of 5 stars 52 ratings
Part of: Civil War America (146 Books)

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Brilliant and unsettling. . . . Part biography, part military history, part social chronicle charting the rise and fall of Grant's reputation, U.S. Grant is a sobering reminder of the vicissitudes of fame. . . . Waugh's well-researched and vibrantly written book . . . restores luster to a lost American hero.--The Chicago Tribune

A well-written and thoroughly researched examination of Ulysses S. Grant's place in public memory. . . . Waugh's enthusiasm for her subject is evident, resulting in an informative and richly detailed study. . . . An invaluable addition to the studies of our eighteenth president.--Southwestern Historical Quarterly

An engaging study of the making of Ulysses S. Grant's reputation. . . . Waugh convincingly interprets Grant as 'symboliz[ing] both the hopes and the lost dreams' of the Civil War.--Publishers Weekly

Throughout, Waugh's narrative is a sensitive and humane account that reveals the strength of combining biography and history, where the depth available in the former compellingly illuminates the larger trends and issues that define the latter.--Civil War Book Review

A fine book. General readers will find it engaging and enjoyable, and historians interested in the memory of the Civil War will find it essential.--The North Carolina Historical Review

As impressively distilled a brief for Grant as one is likely to find.--The Journal of American History

Elegant and wonderfully illustrated book. . . .Waugh's immersion in the literature of Civil War memory is considerable; she does not reinvent this historiography but rather pushes it into new territory with her subject. . . .Waugh's contribution is significant. She has fused the discussion of historical memory to biography and military history." --The Journal of Southern History

Exceptionally thoughtful and valuable. . . . [Written in] clear prose that is readily accessible to the serious general reader. . . . [A] fine study.--Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

The best kind of history: it is a search for truth, and one that deserves the widest possible readership.--Army History

Brings to vivid life a highly contentious political landscape. . . . A readable, worthwhile book which will be interesting to anyone with a desire to learn more about the process of historical memory--and about a forgotten man who deserves to be remembered.--The Journal of Military History


William T. Sherman once remarked that Ulysses S. Grant was a mystery, even to himself. Many Americans, then and now, seem equally confounded by this seemingly silent man. In this marvelous, multifaceted study of Grant's life, death, and reputation, Joan Waugh enriches our understanding and furthers our reassessment of this oft-misunderstood national icon.--Brooks D. Simpson, author of Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction, 1861-1868

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
  • Paperback : 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1469609908
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1469609904
  • Product Dimensions : 6.13 x 0.96 x 9.25 inches
  • Publisher : University of North Carolina Press; New edition (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 52 ratings