A dramaticportrait of one of America's most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant, by Pulitzer Prize winnerRon Chernow, author of the book on which the astonishing musical Hamiltonis based.
As late as April 1861, when the American Civil Warbroke out, Ulysses S. Grant was a dismal failure. A competent officer in the war against Mexico, he had resigned from the army over his drinking and had sunk into povertyas a civilian, losing all his money in hopeless investments. He had failed to secure the command of a volunteer unit and was about to return to his abject life working in his family's leather-goods store when he was offered the colonelcy of an Illinois regiment. Less than four years laterhe was the commanding general of the victorious Union armies and was hailed as a military genius. He later served two terms as President of the United States. This is the epic biography of a very unheroic American hero, a modest, reticent and principled man who surprised the world and changed it for the better.