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Ulysses S. Grant - The American Presidents Series: The 18th President, 1869-1877

Josiah Bunting, III

The underappreciated presidency of the military man who won the Civil War and then had to win the peace as well As a general, Ulysses S. Grant is routinely described in glowing terms-the man who turned the tide of the Civil War, who accepted Lee's surrender at Appomattox, the man who had the stomach to see the war through to final victory. But his presidency is another matter-the most common word used to characterize it is "scandal." Grant is routinely portrayed as a man out of his depth, whose trusting nature and hands-off management style opened the federal coffers to unprecedented plunder. But that caricature does not do justice to the realities of Grant's term in office, as Josiah Bunting shows in this provocative assessment of our eighteenth president. Grant came to Washington in 1869 to lead a capital and a country still bitterly divided by four years of civil war. His predecessor, Andrew Johnson, had been impeached and the Radical Republicans in Congress were intent on imposing harsh conditions on the southern states before allowing them back into the Union. Grant made it his priority to forge the states back into a single nation, and Bunting shows that despite the troubles that characterized Grant's term in office, he was able to accomplish this most important task-very often through the skillful use of his own popularity with the American people. Grant was indeed a military man of the highest order, he was also a better president than he is often given credit for.

The underappreciated presidency of the military man who won the Civil War and then had to win the peace as well As a general, Ulysses S. Grant is routinely described in glowing terms-the man who turned the tide of the Civil War, who accepted Lee's surrender at Appomattox, the man who had the stomach to see the war through to final victory. But his presidency is another matter-the most common word used to characterize it is "scandal." Grant is routinely portrayed as a man out of his depth, whose trusting nature and hands-off management style opened the federal coffers to unprecedented plunder. But that caricature does not do justice to the realities of Grant's term in office, as Josiah Bunting shows in this provocative assessment of our eighteenth president. Grant came to Washington in 1869 to lead a capital and a country still bitterly divided by four years of civil war. His predecessor, Andrew Johnson, had been impeached and the Radical Republicans in Congress were intent on imposing harsh conditions on the southern states before allowing them back into the Union. Grant made it his priority to forge the states back into a single nation, and Bunting shows that despite the troubles that characterized Grant's term in office, he was able to accomplish this most important task-very often through the skillful use of his own popularity with the American people. Grant was indeed a military man of the highest order, he was also a better president than he is often given credit for.
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The underappreciated presidency of the military man who won the Civil War and then had to win the peace as well As a general, Ulysses S. Grant is routinely described in glowing terms-the man who turned the tide of the Civil War, who accepted Lee's surrender at Appomattox, the man who had the stomach to see the war through to final victory. But his presidency is another matter-the most common word used to characterize it is "scandal." Grant is routinely portrayed as a man out of his depth, whose trusting nature and hands-off management style opened the federal coffers to unprecedented plunder. But that caricature does not do justice to the realities of Grant's term in office, as Josiah Bunting shows in this provocative assessment of our eighteenth president. Grant came to Washington in 1869 to lead a capital and a country still bitterly divided by four years of civil war. His predecessor, Andrew Johnson, had been impeached and the Radical Republicans in Congress were intent on imposing harsh conditions on the southern states before allowing them back into the Union. Grant made it his priority to forge the states back into a single nation, and Bunting shows that despite the troubles that characterized Grant's term in office, he was able to accomplish this most important task-very often through the skillful use of his own popularity with the American people. Grant was indeed a military man of the highest order, he was also a better president than he is often given credit for.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Rohan

Length:

3h 25m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:20


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:44


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:05