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Biographer Reconsiders Ulysses Grant’s Legacy

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H.W. Brands, author, "The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace"

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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.

Biographer H.W. Brands latest book is "The Man Who Saved the Union" about Ulysses S. Grant. He's also written biographies on Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Jackson, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt.

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.

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