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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (189 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William McFeely Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538462454
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In this stunning biography, William McFeely brings us a thoroughly compelling story of a tangled life. Having once said “a military life had no charms to me,” U.S. Grant entered West Point to get through the course, secure a detail for a few years as assistant professor of mathematics at the Academy, and afterwards obtain a permanent position as professor at some respectable college. But the course his life took was quite different. Little did he ever dream that he would serve with distinction in the Mexican War, lead the Union to victory in the Civil War, struggle through eight years as President of the United States, and wage bitter personal battles against alcoholism, insolvency, and cancer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1982 Parkman Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 7/21/2013

    " Told his story warts and all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 1/2/2013

    " I enjoyed the hell out of this book. Then I read some reviews that claim the book is riddled with factual errors. So I guess I wouldn't recommend it but...I did like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sal | 12/26/2012

    " the horse sense of grant, how could he be so masterful as a general and such a failure as president? did he abandon the instincts that served him so well during war? you'll have to read it to find out and decide for yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Levine | 9/28/2012

    " An even handed study of the man as a man.A little light on contemporaneous events and how they impacted and affected him. "

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About the Author

William S. McFeely is the author of Yankee Stepfather, Frederick Douglass, Sapelo’s PeopleProximity to Death, and the Pulitzer Prize–winning biography Grant. He lives in Wellfleet and Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

About the Narrator

Jeff Riggenbach has narrated numerous titles for Blackstone Audio and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. An author, contributing editor, and producer, he has worked in radio in San Francisco for the last thirty years, earning a Golden Mike Award for journalistic excellence.