Foner’s book is the classic text on Reconstruction, the long-ignored period that turns out to be crucial to understanding America today.
A good if not great novel, for historical value alone Tourgée’s sympathetic story of Reconstruction deserves a place on the shelf with novels by Twain, Wharton, and other 19th century American greats.
The text is dated, but it’s worth getting one of the many used copies online for the wonderful photos and illustrations.
The title is fun, but fortunately, this book is about much more than Grant’s iconic smoking and drinking. Busting myths about Grant’s life and achievements, Kaltman offers pithy and useful lessons for leadership.