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Paul

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  • U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Waugh
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    At the time of his death, Ulysses S. Grant was the most famous person in America, considered by most citizens to be equal in stature to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Yet today his monuments are rarely visited, his military reputation is overshadowed by that of Robert E. Lee, and his presidency is permanently mired at the bottom of historical rankings.

    Erik says: "Good Book, Weaker Audio"
    "Runs out of gas at the end"
    Overall

    I learned a lot about U.S. Grant from the book. He has received a bad rap and the author turned that around for me. Her premise for the book was intriguing: Why was a man who was incredibly popular, one-two million people attended his tomb opening, in 1898, completely disreputed only forty years later and to this day, considered one of the worst Presidents in history. Waugh sort of answers the question but I was hoping that she would give a little more detail about exactly why this occurred. I don't think the contention that he got a lot of bad press from one scholar is substantial evidence. It does point our how fleeting fame can be.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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