Kahan’s book stands out from massive Grant biographies: it focuses on his time in the White House rather than the Civil War and it’s only 150 pages long.
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.
The bicentennial of Ulysses S. Grant’s birth is coming in April 2022. Events are being planned. Meanwhile, campaigners are asking for a Grant coin and stamps, and more funding for historic sites from Grant’s life.
Grant used to be considered one of the worst presidents. Now he’s ranked as one of the 20 best. That’s progress, but it’s not enough. For saving America both on the battlefield and in the White House, Grant deserves to be in the top 10.