Unless the friend is a serious Grant scholar- no. The book contains far too little of Brands astute insights and analysis and far too much "cut and paste" from Grant's Memoirs, Sherman's Memoirs, speeches, letters and newspaper articles of the period.
Using source material to make key points is helpful but droning on and on from letters and speeches is unnecessary.
The 10% that contained Brands insights and analysis.
Great work. The book is fast-paced and well done. You understand 18th century life and culture. He helps make sense of why things were done a certain way-- for example why soldiers stood in long lines and blazed away at one another. Get the book, you will not be disappointed.
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