This dual biography viewing Lee and Grant as equally worthy had the bad luck to come out just before shares in Lee’s reputation crashed. Its dual biography format is still useful.
An entertaining and accessible short biography of Grant for a student or general reader that’s also interesting for Grant fans and Civil War buffs.
The Civil War is the most popular period in American history and movies and art about the era are key to explain why Grant gets less public attention than Lee, Jackson and even Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
In 1862, Ulysses S. Grant issued General Orders No. 11, expelling all “Jews as a class” from the military department under his control. He spent the rest of his career apologizing and trying to make up for this blunder.