Ulysses S. Grant
A Biography
by Robert P. Broadwater
April 2012, 181pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39255-9
$45, £35, 40€, A62
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Ulysses S. Grant initially had no interest in a career in the military, having reluctantly accepted an appointment at West Point largely because of pressure from his father. Despite having little interest in military studies and ranking in the bottom half of his graduating class, Grant became a resilient and aggressive commander, earning a reputation as a general who expected nothing less than “unconditional surrender” from the enemy.

Ulysses S. Grant was responsible for orchestrating the activities of all the Union armies into a single strategy, providing the leadership that eventually doomed the Confederacy and brought about the end of the Civil War. This book documents Grant's contributions to the Civil War as well as his early life and presidency.

Ulysses S. Grant: A Biography takes an in-depth look at one of the most well-known figures to emerge from the American Civil War, the famed Union commander and 18th President of the United States who has become an iconic part of our nation’s history.

The book provides a balanced overview that encompasses all the major events of Grant’s life as well as his ancestry, portraying him as a common man who endured defeats and setbacks instead of a flawless noble hero. It accurately chronicles his life as it took place and tells a story of perseverance that illuminates Grant’s successes as a testimony to determination and pluck rather than the result of luck or raw talent. This work will be especially helpful to high school and college-age audiences, and can be enjoyed by anyone interested in the Civil War period.


  • Contains photographs of Grant at various stages of his life or that depict important events
  • Includes a comprehensive bibliography as well a timeline of Grant's life and career
Robert P. Broadwater has written or contributed to 30 books on the American Revolution and the Civil War. He is the author of Gettysburg as the Generals Remembered It: Postwar Perspectives of Ten Commanders and American Generals of the Revolutionary War: A Biographical Dictionary. His published works also include more than 100 articles on military history, from the French and Indian War through World War II.
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