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Ulysses S. Grant: The American Presidents Series: The 18th President, 1869-1877

Ulysses S. Grant: The American Presidents Series: The 18th President, 1869-1877

(Book #18 in the American Presidents series)


Book Overview: Ulysses S. Grant: The American Presidents Series: The 18th President, 1869-1877

The underappreciated presidency of the military man who won the Civil War and then had to win the peace as well: Ulysses S. Grant.

As a general, Ulysses S. Grant is routinely described in glowing terms-the man who turned the tide of the Civil War, who accepted Lee's surrender at Appomattox, and who had the stomach to see the war through to final victory. But his presidency is another matter-the most common word used to characterize it is scandal. Grant is routinely portrayed as a man out of his depth, whose trusting nature and hands-off management style opened the federal coffers to unprecedented plunder. But that caricature does not do justice to the realities of Grant's term in office, as Josiah Bunting III shows in this provocative assessment of our eighteenth president.

Grant came to Washington in 1869 to lead a capital and a country still bitterly divided by four years of civil war. His predecessor, Andrew Johnson, had been impeached and nearly driven from office, and the radical Republicans in Congress were intent on imposing harsh conditions on the Southern states before allowing them back into the Union. Grant made it his priority to forge the states into a single nation, and Bunting shows that despite the troubles that characterized Grant's terms in office, he was able to accomplish this most important task-very often through the skillful use of his own popularity with the American people. Grant was indeed a military man of the highest order, and he was a better president than he is often given credit for.

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PublisherTimes Books
Publication Date2004-09-08
EditionFirst Edition
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Josiah Bunting III is a distinguished American author and educator, noted for his substantial contributions to historical literature and military leadership. Born in 1939, Bunting is renowned for his esteemed works including "Ulysses S. Grant", a biography that portrays Grant as a complex, heroic figure. Bunting's commitment towards education is manifest in his tenure as the superintendent at the Virginia Military Institute where he cultivated young minds from 1992 to 2002. His contributions to academia extend to his service as the president of Briarcliff College and Hampden-Sydney College. A 1963 graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Bunting served in the U.S Army as a commander in Vietnam, imparting him firsthand experience of the subject matter found in his books. His illustrious career and multifaceted experiences unequivocally established him as an unmatched authority on historical military figures and educational leadership.

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