H. W. BRANDS is the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, he was the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and again for Traitor to His Class. His website is www.hwbrands.com.
Praise for "The Man Who Saved the Union""Through Grant, Mr. Brands paints a vivid landscape of mid-19th-century America filling his canvas with fascinating characters . . . Mr. Brands's prose is engaging, almost conversational, and the narrative moves briskly."--"The Wall Street Journal""Comprehensive, dramatic, and highly readable . . . H.W. Brands has written an authoritative, action-packed, and well-rounded biography of a very human Ulysses S. Grant."--"Philadelphia Inquirer""In this splendidly written biography, University of Texas at Austin professor H.W. Brands does justice to one of America's most underrated presidents . . . Brands is both sympathetic and thorough in his examination of Grant's life. "The Man Who Saved the Union" makes clear that Grant did precisely that. The end of the Civil War did not mark the end of the divisions that had so badly weakened the country, and during Reconstruction those divisions threatened to plunge America back into chaos. Brands has provided a valuable service by making clear how much America owes to Ulysses Grant."--"Dallas Morning News""Thorough, balanced, and a good read . . . Brands deserves great praise for once more attempting to put Ulysses S. Grant where he belongs, in the pantheon of American heroes."--Michael Korda, "The Daily Beast""Brands's Grant is captured crisply in the title of his new biography: "The Man Who Saved the Union." But Brands's Grant is more than that. He is, like the increasingly accepted view of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 'indisputably above politics, ' a crusader against race hatred, a warrior against what Grant himself called 'lawlessness, turbulence, and bloodshed, ' friend to black and Indian alike. . . . Brands artfully portrays Grant as a man of his times--'his adult life had coincided with the Union's long crisis'--and argues, persuasively, that he played a role in settling the great questions of his time.""--The Boston Globe"
Distinguished U.S. historian and pre-eminent biographer Brands leaves no stone unturned while providing listeners with both detailed historical information and intimate personal details of Grant's day-to-day duties, conflicts, and emotions. Listeners get to know the man whose family called him "U-less," learning about everything from his enduring love for his wife, Julia, to his uncanny ability to emerge unscathed from the bloodiest skirmishes. Brands infuses the narrative with contextual knowledge of the era including material on politics and the individuals Grant encounters along his journey through his presidency; the author's coverage is so deep that the book sometimes feels like a biography of 1800s America. Actor Stephen Hoye's smooth narration makes the 28 hours of content flow by quickly. VERDICT Because of its thorough dissection of its subject and his times, this is best for fans of history. ["This is a well-researched and comprehensive study...as well as an engaging book. Essential for both popular readers and scholars," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Doubleday hc, LJ 7/12.-Ed.]-Sean Kennedy, Cleveland State Univ. Law Lib. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.