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To Rescue the Republic: Ulysses S. Grant, the Fragile Union, and the Crisis of 1876

To Rescue the Republic: Ulysses S. Grant, the Fragile Union, and the Crisis of 1876


Book Overview: To Rescue the Republic: Ulysses S. Grant, the Fragile Union, and the Crisis of 1876

Fox News Channel's Chief Political Anchor illuminates the heroic life of Ulysses S. Grant

"To Rescue the Republic is narrative history at its absolute finest. A fast-paced, thrilling and enormously important book." --Douglas Brinkley

An epic history spanning the battlegrounds of the Civil War and the violent turmoil of Reconstruction to the forgotten electoral crisis that nearly fractured a reunited nation, Bret Baier's To Rescue the Republic dramatically reveals Ulysses S. Grant's essential yet underappreciated role in preserving the United States during an unprecedented period of division.

Born a tanner's son in rugged Ohio in 1822 and battle-tested by the Mexican American War, Grant met his destiny on the bloody fields of the Civil War. His daring and resolve as a general gained the attention of President Lincoln, then desperate for bold leadership. Lincoln appointed Grant as Lieutenant General of the Union Army in March 1864. Within a year, Grant's forces had seized Richmond and forced Robert E. Lee to surrender.

Four years later, the reunified nation faced another leadership void after Lincoln's assassination and an unworthy successor completed his term. Again, Grant answered the call. At stake once more was the future of the Union, for though the Southern states had been defeated, it remained to be seen if the former Confederacy could be reintegrated into the country--and if the Union could ensure the rights and welfare of African Americans in the South. Grant met the challenge by boldly advancing an agenda of Reconstruction and aggressively countering the Ku Klux Klan.

In his final weeks in the White House, however, Grant faced a crisis that threatened to undo his life's work. The contested presidential election of 1876 produced no clear victory for either Republican Rutherford B. Hayes or Democrat Samuel Tilden, who carried most of the former Confederacy. Soon Southern states vowed to revolt if Tilden was not declared the victor. Grant was determined to use his influence to preserve the Union, establishing an electoral commission to peaceably settle the issue. Grant brokered a grand bargain: the installation of Republican Hayes to the presidency, with concessions to the Democrats that effectively ended Reconstruction. This painful compromise saved the nation, but tragically condemned the South to another century of civil-rights oppression.

Deep with contemporary resonance and brimming with fresh detail that takes readers from the battlefields of the Civil War to the corridors of power where men decided the fate of the nation in back rooms, To Rescue the Republic reveals Grant, for all his complexity, to be among the first rank of American heroes.

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PublisherMariner Books
Publication Date2022-09-13
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Bret Baier is a celebrated American journalist and author, acclaimed for his exceptional coverage of US politics. He is currently the Chief Political Anchor for Fox News Channel as well as the host of Special Report with Bret Baier. Graduating with a degree in Political Science from DePauw University with the desire to understand and communicate complex policies, Baier began his career in local television before ascending the ranks at Fox, marking his indelible influence in political journalism. Baier's hallmark is his ability to perceive and elucidate intricate economic and political scenarios. This skill also manifests in his written work where he is a New York Times bestselling author. His bestselling books include "Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission" and "Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love." Baier's contribution to the field has earned him numerous awards including the National Press Foundation’s Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. Outside of his professional life, Baier is a devoted family man passionately involved in philanthropic activities. His personal life has shaped his empathetic view on journalism enabling him to add a valuable human touch to even the hardest of news stories, making Bret Baier a distinguishable and respected figure in contemporary political journalism.
Catherine Whitney is a renowned American author known for her distinct narrative style and remarkable non-fiction works. She has co-authored and ghostwritten over fifty books in her writing career that spans several decades. Many of her works include bestsellers and have been published in numerous languages worldwide, displaying her extraordinary ability to engage a wide variety of audiences. Whitney specializes in a range of topics, from health and wellness to celebrity memoirs. Notably, her collaborations with prominent figures and industry experts have gained critical acclaim. This diversity in her writing portfolio underlines her adaptability as an author, and her capacity to convincingly voice diverse narratives. Away from her writing desk, Whitney is also a sought-after speaker on various literary platforms. Through her speeches, she shares invaluable insights into the craft of writing and the publishing industry, helping others to navigate these sectors successfully. Whitney's multifaceted career and contribution to literature solidify her standing as a leading figure in contemporary non-fiction writing.

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