Biographer Reconsiders Ulysses Grant’s Legacy
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Aired 12/10/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
H.W. Brands, author, "The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace"
When Americans are asked to rank U.S. presidents, Abraham Lincoln typically gets first place. He's credited as the man who guided the country through its greatest crisis: the Civil War.
But a recent book brings another hero of that time into focus: the 18th man to lead America, President Ulysses Grant.
The Civil War general-turned-president has suffered from a checkered reputation. This 2012 biography, "The Man who saved the Union, Ulysses Grant in War and Peace," by biographer H.W. Brands shows us a troubled man who became a great leader in a very difficult time.