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Grant par Ron Chernow
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Grant (édition 2018)

par Ron Chernow (Auteur)

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The #1 New York Times bestseller. New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant. Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency. Before the Civil War, Grant was flailing. His business ventures had ended dismally, and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenness. But in war, Grant began to realize his remarkable potential, soaring through the ranks of the Union army, prevailing at the battle of Shiloh and in the Vicksburg campaign, and ultimately defeating the legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Along the way, Grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became his most trusted general and the strategic genius of the war effort. Grant's military fame translated into a two-term presidency, but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff members. More important, he sought freedom and justice for black Americans, working to crush the Ku Klux Klan and earning the admiration of Frederick Douglass, who called him "the vigilant, firm, impartial, and wise protector of my race." After his presidency, he was again brought low by a dashing young swindler on Wall Street, only to resuscitate his image by working with Mark Twain to publish his memoirs, which are recognized as a masterpiece of the genre. With lucidity, breadth, and meticulousness, Chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together, shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as "nothing heroic... and yet the greatest hero." Chernow's probing portrait of Grant's lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. This is America's greatest biographer, bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant's life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary. Named one of the best books of the year by Goodreads - Amazon - The New York Times - Newsday - BookPage - Barnes and Noble - Wall Street Journal… (plus d'informations)
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This was a fantastically written book.
Ron Chernow did a fantastic job in detailing Grant’s life: his occasional binge drinking, his resignation during the Mexican War, his strained relationship with his father, Jesse Grant, and his father-in-law, Colonel Frederick Dent, his rise to power during the Civil War, his close friendship with President Lincoln, and then Grant’s own later presidency.
In my opinion, Grant is one (or both) of two things:
1. he’s misunderstood by people
2. little is known about him
Ron Chernow’s biography on Grant is an enlightening book and biography about a man, general, and president whom so often is misunderstood and cast in a bad light.
I fell in love with this book - and with Grant’s overall personality - and I often found myself sympathizing with Grant’s plights and rejoicing in his successes.
I highly recommend this book! ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
This is a very important book about a very important person in American history who is often miscast and remembered incorrectly. Grant was complicated, as all human beings are, but in the end his sense of decency is what shows through. It shows in good ways such as his handling of the surrender of the terrorist Confederates at Appomattox but also in bad ways as in his naiveté in business dealings which ended costing him money and a lot of his well earned reputation.

Chernow is obviously a skilled biographer and his research is clearly exhaustive. It took me a while to read this book but it was well worth the effort I learned much I did not know about Grant and especially about the years following the Civil War, a period where so much that was won in the war was given away to marauding militias in the South which decided the rule of law and equality would not apply in their States (with their own personal "rights"). As Chernow notes, "Slavery had been abolished, but it had been replaced by a caste-ridden form of second-class citizenship for southern blacks, and that counted as a national shame."

As for our current day with the idiocy of the fictitious "Lost Cause' given us so much grief, let's let Confererate General James Longstreet take the stage. As Chernow writes, "They promulgated a view of the Civil War as a righteous cause that had nothing to do with slavery but only states' rights - to which an incredulous James Longstreet once replied, 'I never heard of any other cause of the quarrel than slavery.'" Indeed. And Grant treated Lee with a respect that was wonderful but in the end probably backfired. As Grant noted "Lee is behaving badly. He is conducting himself very differently from what I had reason, from what he said at the time of the surrender, to suppose he would. No man at the South is capable of exercising a tenth part of the influence for good that he is, but instead of using it, he is setting an example of forced acquiescence so grudging and pernicious in its effect as to be hardly realized." So yes, I am in favor of renaming my high school thank you very much.

I know there is little chance of this book being read across all segments of society but I truly wish it could happen. When you are immersed in the facts of the Civil War and Reconstruction leading to Jim Crow you can not reach a false conclusion. It is all there in front of you. But you have to make the effort.

I just saw Chernow speak at the National Book Festival and heard this book is going to be made into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg. I hope that maybe that can help get the story out about Grant and rehabilitate his image from that of a drunk, scandal ridden failure to that of a man of immense decency and empathy who did much to make this country better. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
Thoroughly researched and brilliantly written. Well worth the time invested. ( )
  KateFinney | Jul 10, 2021 |
An absolutely marvelous book. Grant's life was certainly not has been taught correctly in schools - not a drunkard, not corrupt, and a superb strategist whose time as leader of the Army of the Potomac won the Civil War.

I learned so much not only about Grant, but about Lincoln, other politicians, the Civil War and others of that time period. Although a lengthy read, it was one of those where I wish I could have spent more time to have finished it sooner. Chernow has authored another wonderful biography. ( )
  highlander6022 | Apr 4, 2021 |
Wonderful book on our most forgotten great president. Chernow properly gives Grant's legacy on liberty and equal rights a primary focus, as did Grant. This can help rescue him from the unfair, racist-driven, 20th Century mudslinging that has sullied his popular reputation. ( )
  poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |
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For all its scholarly and literary strengths, this book’s greatest service is to remind us of Grant’s significant achievements at the end of the war and after, which have too long been overlooked and are too important today to be left in the dark.
 
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(Introduction) Even as other civil war generals rushed to publish their memoirs, flaunting their conquests and cashing in on their celebrity, Ulysses S. Grant refused to trumpet his accomplishments in print.
On April 27, 1822, Ulysses S. Grant was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio, tucked away in the rural southwestern corner of the state near Cincinnati.
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The #1 New York Times bestseller. New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant. Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency. Before the Civil War, Grant was flailing. His business ventures had ended dismally, and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenness. But in war, Grant began to realize his remarkable potential, soaring through the ranks of the Union army, prevailing at the battle of Shiloh and in the Vicksburg campaign, and ultimately defeating the legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Along the way, Grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became his most trusted general and the strategic genius of the war effort. Grant's military fame translated into a two-term presidency, but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff members. More important, he sought freedom and justice for black Americans, working to crush the Ku Klux Klan and earning the admiration of Frederick Douglass, who called him "the vigilant, firm, impartial, and wise protector of my race." After his presidency, he was again brought low by a dashing young swindler on Wall Street, only to resuscitate his image by working with Mark Twain to publish his memoirs, which are recognized as a masterpiece of the genre. With lucidity, breadth, and meticulousness, Chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together, shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as "nothing heroic... and yet the greatest hero." Chernow's probing portrait of Grant's lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. This is America's greatest biographer, bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant's life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary. Named one of the best books of the year by Goodreads - Amazon - The New York Times - Newsday - BookPage - Barnes and Noble - Wall Street Journal

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