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American Ulysses Audiobook

American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant

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A major new biography of the Civil War general and American president, by the author of the New York Times bestseller A. Lincoln. The dramatic story of one of America's greatest and most misunderstood military leaders and presidents, this is a major new interpretation of Ulysses S. Grant. Based on 7 years of research with primary documents, some of them never tapped before, this is destined to become the Grant biography of our times.

©2016 Ronald C. White. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Mark Secaucus, NJ, United States 11-02-16
    Mark Secaucus, NJ, United States 11-02-16 Member Since 2011

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    "A New Campaign to Reasses Grant"
    If you could sum up American Ulysses in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, Penetrating, Fair


    What did you like best about this story?

    White has enough confidence in his research and ultimately his discernment to render the story in a straight-forward manner that might have pleased its subject. White doesn't besiege the reader with footnotes, counterpoints or what-ifs, instead placing the reader in that time and place, with Grant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The breakout towards Jackson during the Vicksburg Campaign. White is able to capture the intensity and pressures bearing down on Grant, and when, at last, Grant's forces move east when their target lay west, the reader gains a sense of Grant's audacity, nerve and will.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am very familiar with the details of Grant's life and times from other biographies and histories. Yet there is cumulative power in White's writing and his description of Grant's last "campaign" at the close of his life was more moving than any other treatment I had encountered.


    Any additional comments?

    Any author attempting a comprehensive biography of such a momentous figure has to make choices about length and depth of detail. White's concentration is on the prominent figures on the Union side, and there is a nutshell quality to his descriptions of Grant's adversaries (even Lee). Ultimately that's a justified treatment of the vanquished. White briefly discusses Grant's long banishment into the historical wilderness, as his reputation declined and languished after his death, but White misses an opportunity to explore the context of the ongoing struggle by many to preserve the most imperfect aspects of the United States that led to the war and which continue to trouble the nation on the low boil. The most eye-opening aspect of the book was the depth of Grant's commitment to the rights and protection of the freedmen. If he was late getting there, his absolute, unshakable resolve on this point caused me to seriously reassess his presidency, and gave me a greater appreciation of his remarkable character.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael J. Nardotti, Jr. 11-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "An Absolutely Superb Work"

    This is the most insightful and instructive biography I have ever read. Not only does it give overdue credit to a truly great military leader and president and genuinely kind and humble man of extraordinary accomplishment, but it also provides the reader of a more complete and compelling picture of the monumental challenges faced by the nation and it's leader following the Civil War and it's aftermath. This work is must read history.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jojocool 10-29-16
    jojocool 10-29-16 Member Since 2012
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    "WOW"

    I feel I have been shielded from an important piece of American history till now

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 11-15-16
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 11-15-16 Member Since 2010

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    "Inspirational, page-turning history"

    I loved this biography of Ulysses S Grant. Grant came alive as a person in the early chapters, both growing up, and in his West Point years. His life story is fascinating from start to end, through the Civil War, and his presidency in the tumultuous post-war period. The writing in this bio is great, and I never knew what a heroic man Grant was. Grant is best known for his military genius, and this book captures that well. Grant was a man of courage and integrity throughout his life, and he inspired me as a leader who was ahead of his time as a passionate advocate of civil rights. This biography captured his family life well, but I wanted to know more about how he dealt with marrying the daughter of a slave owner from St. Louis. The years of his presidency focused mostly on the politics of the day, which was fascinating but less personal than the other years of his life. This was a long book, but most of it was totally engaging, and all of it was so informative. The connections to politics today jumped from the page. After listening to this, I have a new American hero. This book was emotionally and intellectually engaging - a great combo.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay 11-08-16
    Jay 11-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A great man and a great book."

    One of the most poignant biographies I have read of a great man, general and presidents.

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    kenneth windheim 11-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Grant Biography"

    The book was great. Perfect mix of history and storytelling. The narration was also excellent.

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    Andrew West 11-16-16
    Andrew West 11-16-16
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    "Grant and this book are highly recommended."

    I knew more of Grant the soldier but even them only in the context of other books. I was surprised by his depth, from soldier, General, President, and all around American ambassador and finally author. I also give high marks to the narrator. I have read A. Lincoln but this author and reviewed that highly as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clifford Hillsboro, OR, United States 11-10-16
    Clifford Hillsboro, OR, United States 11-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    Would you listen to American Ulysses again? Why?

    yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Ulysses?

    the entire book I loved it they whole thing


    Have you listened to any of Arthur Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A great american


    Any additional comments?

    We cold use a man such as this today

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Agent J 12-08-16
    Agent J 12-08-16
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    "A True All American"

    Sadly, the significance of Grant is somewhat shadowed in history by Lincoln. I'm the better for listening to this book. Fantastic book and narrator.

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    jeff 12-06-16
    jeff 12-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "What an educational story"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Ulysses?

    The most memorable moment was Mr. Grant's presidency. I was surprised to see all the scandals that occurred during his two terms. The author alluded that Mr. Grant was a great judge of character, but I am not sure the evidence supported this idea. I was also surprised that Mr. Grant thought so little of General Lee.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has perked my interest to track down Mr. Grant's memoir to dive deeper into the civil war battles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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