One of my goals is to read at least one biography on each and every U.S. President. As mentioned before, I began this journey back in 2003 when I stumbled upon the fine works of David McCullough.
I took another step towards completing this task by reading H.W. Brands’ The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace. A fine and complete work.
Honestly, Grant has to be one of the most under-appreciated and largely-misunderstood of our presidents (aside from Adams, himself). Historians who followed him, for a variety of reasons, exaggerated his scandals and down-played his accomplishments (both militarily and politically). Brand recovers the legacy from the rubble.
That being said, here is an update on my progress through the list of presidents…
16. Abraham Lincoln
18. The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
As of today, I have officially read biographies on 23 of the 43 presidents (Cleveland was in office twice).