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.
For years, Lee got much more respect from the ordinary American than Grant both as a military leader and as a personality. But historians have long been teaching that Grant was not only the better general but also the better man.
An excellent introduction to Grant for a general reader, this book’s focus on how Grant helped avert a second Civil War at the end of his presidency is relevant for today and told engagingly by a surprisingly evenhanded Fox News anchor.