Grant did save the U.S. by defeating Lee. But it was after the war, as America’s first civil rights president, that Grant fought to make the Union worth saving and keeping.
‘Grant’ by Ron Chernow
This biggie from the author of “Hamilton” is worth the 1,000 pages, because busting myths about America’s top Civil War general and 18th president is key to solving our problems as a country today.
‘U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth’ by Joan Waugh
Pro-Confederate writers tried and, for a while, succeeded in convincing Americans both North and South that Grant was nothing special while casting shadows on the causes he stood for — union, emancipation and civil rights.
‘Grant’s Tomb’ by Louis L. Picone
Grant’s Tomb is the largest mausoleum in North America, yet the man it honors is little known and little understood by Americans today. Picone’s book explains why.