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American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White (review)

American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White (review) audience. It is a very long book (766 pages of text), but a most enjoyable and enlightening read. George C. Rable george c. rable is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Alabama. His most recent book is Damn Yankees! Demonization and Defiance in the Confederate South (Louisiana State University Press, 2015). American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant. By Ronald C. White. (New York: Random House, 2016. Pp. 854. Cloth, $35.00; paper, $20.00.) For the last three decades, Ulysses S. Grant has been the beneficiary of a revisionist wave of scholarship that includes more than a few full-scale biographies. Scholars have burnished the favorable portrayals of Grant’s generalship offered by J. F. C. Fuller and Bruce Catton while delivering telling blows at criticisms of his shortcomings as a president. One almost rolls one’s eyes to hear of a publisher proclaiming the appearance of yet another effort to rescue Grant’s reputation and rehabilitate his standing in the American pantheon of heroes as revolutionary, given what we have already seen appear in the wake of William S. McFeely’s 1981 study. Those readers hoping for a revelation or even a substantial revisionist perspective may be disappointed. If anything, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 8 (2) – May 25, 2018

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audience. It is a very long book (766 pages of text), but a most enjoyable and enlightening read. George C. Rable george c. rable is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Alabama. His most recent book is Damn Yankees! Demonization and Defiance in the Confederate South (Louisiana State University Press, 2015). American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant. By Ronald C. White. (New York: Random House, 2016. Pp. 854. Cloth, $35.00; paper, $20.00.) For the last three decades, Ulysses S. Grant has been the beneficiary of a revisionist wave of scholarship that includes more than a few full-scale biographies. Scholars have burnished the favorable portrayals of Grant’s generalship offered by J. F. C. Fuller and Bruce Catton while delivering telling blows at criticisms of his shortcomings as a president. One almost rolls one’s eyes to hear of a publisher proclaiming the appearance of yet another effort to rescue Grant’s reputation and rehabilitate his standing in the American pantheon of heroes as revolutionary, given what we have already seen appear in the wake of William S. McFeely’s 1981 study. Those readers hoping for a revelation or even a substantial revisionist perspective may be disappointed. If anything,

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 25, 2018

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