Once you’ve read a good Grant biography or two, you may be ready to go straight to the words of the man himself. This one edited by Elizabeth Samet is a good choice.
A novelist imagines how Julia Grant’s real-life enslaved maid Jule might have felt about slavery, freedom, the Civil War, and the romance of Julia and Ulysses S. Grant.
The most popular political satirist of the Civil War and Reconstruction, the despicable racist and southern sympathizer Nasby was the Stephen Colbert of his day.
Far from being a successful general who became a naive politician, Grant understood politics and used it during the war and afterwards with skill.