This short book offers excerpts from Grant’s letters and other writings across his career, edited and with commentary by a leading Grant scholar.
‘To Rescue the Republic’ by Bret Baier
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.
‘The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant’ by Paul Kahan
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.
‘Vicksburg’ by Donald Miller
Miller makes a convincing case that Vicksburg was the most important campaign of the Civil War, a watershed for both sides, for Grant’s career, and for the issue of slavery and race.