Friday, November 05, 2004

Grant: Hero

A book review in the latest New Criterion gives Victor Davis Hanson (odd how some people are always known by all of their names) a chance to expound a bit on the greatness that was Ulysses Grant. A hero of mine since reading a biography by Jean Edward Smith (there it is again) a year or so ago, VDH reinforces my belief that Grant was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, military man the US has produced. While VDH doesn't go into great detail, he does provide a general outline for the arc of the adult life of Grant. Lincoln could not have saved the Union and freed the slaves without Grant. Oh, and it sounds like it might not be a bad book, though I'd recommend Grant, by the aforementioned Jean Edward Smith.