By Christopher A. Sawyer
Anyone who has read the book reviews on this site knows that we review more than books about planes, trains and automobiles. Often we go off the beaten path, as shown by the very first review, which was of Steven Tyler’s autobiography, “” That’s because it was decided early on that car people are more well-rounded than their critics contend, and are interested in a variety of subjects. That, and we needed an outlet for all of the books we were reading on cross-country trips for new car launches.
One of the latest books, H.W. Brands’ The Man Who Save the Union: Ulysses S. Grant in War and Peace, was picked up on a whim at a discount store, and as a follow on to another discount bin find, Bruce Chadwick’s 1858: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant and the War They Failed to See. This book set the stage, and painted many of the people enumerated (and the Democratic Party) in less than flattering colors. And though it did not deal with Grant in any real depth, it got me wondering if there wasn’t more to this Civil War general turned President of the United States than modern “consensus” history would have you believe.