David W. Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale and the author of many books, including Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory and American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era. His biography of Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom, will be published in October. (May 2018)
The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The Complete Annotated Edition
edited by John F. Marszalek, with David S. Nolen and Louie P. Gallo
For a century and a half Ulysses S. Grant has been a baffling and inspiring presence in the American literary and historical imaginations. Born in 1822 and raised by a pious Methodist mother, as a young man he was quiet, given to depressions, and lacking much ambition. Only his love of horses seemed to animate him and give him a reason to excel in his education at West Point, which his scheming father desired for him more than he did. In his thirties, he was a complete failure, at times a drunkard, destined to die forgotten. He found his vocation and success on America’s killing fields; his meteoric trajectory in the Civil War makes him a remarkable case of a nobody who became almost everything.