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    Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow (PDF) Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Ron Chernow Ron Chernow ✓ 6 Read A mere ten years ago this would have been my Book of the Year But I’m a different reader now Not necessarily a better or smarter reader just different So I pause when I read a sentence like As ever his whole physiology sprang into action Where is the editor to ask Ron do you really mean his whole physiology? Because that would be all the functions of a living organism which is you know a whole lot of physiology And Ron as ever? Do you r

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    Ron Chernow ✓ 6 Read Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Ron Chernow Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow (PDF) This book reuires a serious time commitment Grant lived 132 years ago not so long in the course of things Much had been written about him at the time and much after He himself wrote memoirs that are highly regarded and that showed his intelligence and shrewdness His mother in law Dent Julia’s mother noticed that although he had failings alcohol and could sometimes get off track career wise an inability to make money as an indepe

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    review Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow (PDF) Ron Chernow's epic Grant is a masterful piece of scholarship which succeeds in bringing this much maligned and misunderstood President into focus and making him indomitable on the battlefield incorruptible with respect to rights for African Americans and naïvely gullible Ulysses S Grant is truly a rags to riches story or accurately rags to potential to rags to riches to rags to euilibrium to death which cover

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    Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow (PDF) Ron Chernow ✓ 6 Read Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Ron Chernow I've finished admidst an outpouring of tears If only we could have cloned this manAt 1074 pages this is one of the longest audio books or for that matter a physical book that I finished Plus I could have continued

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    Ron Chernow ✓ 6 Read Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow (PDF) By the end of Grant’s second term white Democrats through the “redeemer” movement had reclaimed control of every southern state winning in peacetime much of the power lost combat They promulgated a view of the Civil War as a ri

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    review Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow (PDF) Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Ron Chernow When did Grant ever turn back? He was not that sort; he could no turn back than time Walt Whitman uoted in Ron Chernow Grant Ron Chernow delights in writing about complicated American Icons and money men It might seem odd that Chernow would chose Grant after writing about Washinton Hamilton John D Rockefeller the Morgan

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    Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Ron Chernow Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow (PDF) he was nothing heroicand yet the greatest hero Walt Whitman of Ulysses S GrantA blue ribbon historical biography by Ron Chernow who is one of the only historical biographers in recent years to gain some public notoriety from his Alexander Hamilton serving as the basis and inspiration for the still SRO Hamilton on BroadwayWe read biographies it seems to me to remind us that the individual can matter and to lea

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    review Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow (PDF) This is an exceptionally good book It is well researched It is comprehensive and thorough It is so comprehensive and so thorough that one needs to take a break from it now and then What this means perhaps in reality though is that the author should have in some parts lightened the tone related a humorous incident or switc

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    review Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow Ron Chernow ✓ 6 Read Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Ron Chernow This is an excellent biography which I recommend to those who enjoy that genre or history in general or American history specifically While focu

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    Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow (PDF) I was born and raised in the southern part of the United States The name US Grant was spoken with disdain whether it was in a familial conversation at a historical site or in a history class in high school or at university Two Northern Genera

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Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow Read ✓ 6 Ron Chernow ✓ 6 Read Ulysses S Grant's life has typically been misunderstood All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman fond of drinking to excess; or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War; or as a credulous and hapless president whose tenure came to symbolize the worst excesses of the Gilded Age These stereotypes don't come close to capturing adeuately his spirit and the sheer magnitude of his monumental accomplishments A biographer at the height of his powers Chernow has produced a portrait of Grant that is a masterpiece the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and freuency Before the Civil War Grant was flailing His business ventures had been dismal and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenn. This book reuires a serious time commitment Grant lived 132 years ago not so long in the course of things Much had been written about him at the time and much after He himself wrote memoirs that are highly regarded and that showed his intelligence and shrewdness His mother in law Dent Julia s mother noticed that although he had failings alcohol and could sometimes get off track career wise an inability to make money as an independent entrepreneur he had a fine political mind That his mother in law a supporter of southern slave holdings had such good things to say about his instincts is impressive in itself The cover copy says Grant was unappreciated for much of his career This should give succor to individuals who struggle through various jobs unable to find something in which they can excel Grant went to West Point almost by accident disliking the jobs assigned him by his father a tanner He apparently hated the smell of the tannery and warm blood and found himself unable to eat meat unless it was charred beyond recognition His horsemanship was legendary even from a young age and the skill served him well throughout his military career That career stalled after a stint in the Mexican War and revived during the Civil War when he could showcase his particular skills in strategy and logisticsThe book cannot adeuately be recapitulated in short form so I resort to impressions hammered home by Chernow in a thousand examples that Grant decided to trust certain people whether they were knaves or not He tended to hold onto his initial impressions even when he had reason to abandon support for individuals who d done him wrong It strikes me that this failing of his a failing of accuracy in judgment could be a reason he as so well liked as a leader He was loyal generous kind and willing to forgive as well as extraordinarily skilled himself in being able to read a battlefield the condition of his men and the heart of the opposition Grant was not as skilled at the diplomacy he would later be asked to perform in his role as president though he gave positions to people of color than any previous government and he was instrumental in reforming the civil service I would like to read about a diplomat that Chernow seems to praise above all others Hamilton Fish Secretary of State for the entire of Grant s presidency More than anything Chernow makes clear that Grant s life despite the lofty heights of public regard during certain periods was a real struggle all the way through Never has a presidency seemed like such a bum job after having fought a terrible bloody war on one s own soil for so many years Grant had to face the unrepentant vanuished again as leader of a divided nation The racism and bitterness we see and hear now is a mere echo of what was going on during Reconstruction when every attempt to raise the uality of life of black people was fought every step of the way Makes one want to force those who refuse to accept their defeat to their knees now no talk no accommodation I wish it were as simple as bringing out the big guns the law and ending this But we see now how deep the sense of entitlement still isAny portion of this book is worthwhile to read even if you can t get to the whole thing It s so important to recall the details of the Civil War and its aftermath now in this time of division in our own country If I had my druthers this book would be shorter My brain s ROM has been gummed up with this work for months now and it nearly crashed my hard drive I feel I am cheating in some way by not being able to express moments of revelation but there were so many I m sure there is something to be said for putting in every detail of a man and his country and perhaps it is reasonable to repeat oneself occasionally Readers may select portions or spread out the reading over a long period However it is difficult to digest a book of this sizeI listened to the audio of this book and looked over the hard copy The audio was very well read by veteran actor Mark Bramhall and it was produced by Penguin Audio

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Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow Read ✓ 6 Ron Chernow ✓ 6 Read Ess But in the Civil 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 after a series of unbelievably bloody battles in Virginia Along the way Grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became his most trusted general and the strategic genius of the war effort His military fame translated into a two term presidency but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff All the while Grant himself remained or less above reproach But importantly he never failed to seek 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. When did Grant ever turn back He was not that sort he could no turn back than time Walt Whitman uoted in Ron Chernow Grant Ron Chernow delights in writing about complicated American Icons and money men It might seem odd that Chernow would chose Grant after writing about Washinton Hamilton John D Rockefeller the Morgans and the Warburgs but Chernow also loves rehabilitative writing Just look at what his biography of Hamilton did helped out mightily by Lin Manuel Miranda Grant is a great subject to write about He is a complicated man with an interesting story surrounded by a slew of fascinating characters Chernow is also one of my favorite US biographers He isn t uite as high up the biographer Olympus as Caro who is really but is consistently better IMHO than McCullough Meacham and Ellis among the Costco selling blockbuster biographers Perhaps the proper place for Chernow is next to Doris Kearns Goodwin David Herbert Donald and Edmund Morris This year has seen two massive Grant biographies I m planning on reading Ronald C White s 864 page biography sometime in the last 13 of 2018 This summer I will also attempt to read Grant s own Memoirs this summer So I might have to come back and revise my review after reading White and Grant For now let me just say that Grant should probably be viewed as a great American top 10 and mediocre president 25 30 It is however difficult to imagine any president emerging out of the post Civil WarReconstructionJohnson years with any huge levels of success The hostilities of the South to Reconstruction and black engagement in the economic and political spheres practically divided the nation again post Civil War Northern Republicans also seemed exhauted by the horrors of Reconstruction and largely abandoned blacks But Grant despite his failings in many spheres bravely fought for the legal and voting rights of the newly freed slaves longer than almost any of his peers during that time would have But Grant was complicated His blind trust and reliance on old friends and lack of experience in politics and business bit him hard and lead to several large scandals during both terms and after his presidency Chernow avoids turning this book into a hagiography but only just Clearly Chernow thinks Grant s reputation gets hammered too hard for his scandals and drinking and not enough time is spent on his successes foreign policy fighting the KKK etc My other mild criticism of Chernow besides a clear resurrectionist bent is skimming uickly over the financial and economic implications related to the gold standard debate see Mehrsa Bahadaran s review and subseuent Long Depression of 1873 79 I find it fascinating that a writer Chernow with a background in heavy in financial writing and thinking he was once the director of financial policy studies with the Twentieth Century Fund tends to bore easily with the major financial issues of Grant s tenureBut overall I loved the book I loved the sections on Reconstruction and was surprised to learn details about Longstreet Lee and Sherman that I didn t know before I was happy to devote a week to reading itFinally Chernow writes primarily about banking families and American biographiesChernow s Banking Dynasties1 Titan The Life of John D Rockefeller Sr 2 The House of Morgan An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance 3 The Warburgs The Twentieth Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family Chernow s American Political Biographies1 Alexander Hamilton 2 Washington A Life 3 Grant Upon reviewing my reviews I m convinced Chernow does slightly better at writing histories of individuals rather than families politics rather than finance However I should note I ve enjoyed ALL of his books and he s a master at his craft

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Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow Read ✓ 6 Ron Chernow ✓ 6 Read By a trusted colleague this time a dashing young swindler on Wall Street but he resuscitated his image by working with Mark Twain to publish his memoirs which are recognized as a masterpiece of the genre With his famous 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 His 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 America's 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 extraordinar. he was nothing heroicand yet the greatest hero Walt Whitman of Ulysses S GrantA blue ribbon historical biography by Ron Chernow who is one of the only historical biographers in recent years to gain some public notoriety from his Alexander Hamilton serving as the basis and inspiration for the still SRO Hamilton on BroadwayWe read biographies it seems to me to remind us that the individual can matter and to learn what came to make the individuals who have mattered most On both points Chernow s Grant is a grand slamThe book most significantly accomplishes two goals One it provides clarity context and perspective on Grant s faults and why he s gotten a bum rap in history classes over the past century after being one of the three most favorably viewed presidents at the end of the 19th century Second it shows his huge accomplishments during his two terms serving as United States president Chernow holds Grant accountable for his faults but demonstrates that they have been greatly exaggerated or overblown as the result of the Southerners resentment and in service to their Lost Cause myth that the Civil War was fought over states rights and not over slavery As Chernow thoroughly examines and concludes Grant was an alcoholic but a situational one rather than habitual drinker and the evidence indicates he never drank during a major military campaign he was not a butcher on the battlefield but beat the Southerners with smarts as well as numbers and even his mistakes the carnage at Cold Harbor and bloody Shiloh had in mind winning the war sooner than later and thus saving lives by its end he was not incompetent but rather gullible naive and too trusting of those upon whom he relied and hired in his administration as well as at fault for hiring too many old friends and family and while his administration was stained as corrupt he never benefited a dime and again was burned and his reputation tarnished by those he negligently trusted The important point of this bio is that the faults have unfairly obscured his successes in office Grant fulfilled what he considered his mission as president preserving the Union and safeguarding the freed slaves He crushed the first incarnation of the KKK who had killed thousands of former slaves and their supporters And he ensured the passage of the civil rights amendments to the US Constitution the 13th outlawing slavery the 14th applying the Bill of Rights including every citizen s right to eual protection to the states and the 15th granting black men the right to vote As Frederick Douglass declared Lincoln made the negroa freeman and General Ulysses S Grant made him a citizen in placing Grant alongside Lincoln as the man who had done the most for the nation s 4 million former slavesChernow also splendidly covers his younger years and what made him so great as the commanding general of the Union Army Chernow concludes that Grant is worthy of being labeled the Civil Rights president After reading this rather hefty bio I agree

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  • Grant AUTHOR Ron Chernow
  • Ron Chernow
  • English
  • 03 November 2018
  • 9781594204876