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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"
    "weak"
    Overall

    Jane Ellen's reading is painful. Her reading style is too fast, singsong-like and hard to follow. Section titles blur into text and quotes are undistinguished from normal text. But the writing of the book itself also seems weak. This is my first Grant biography but I have read many other civil war books that were better organized, had better narratives and did not rely on the thesaurus style of adjective use. Clearly Waugh wants to defend Grant, but I found her approach raised more questions then she answered and often left me doubting the credibility of her points. Search out a better writer if you want to learn about Grants life.

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