Hold On with a Bulldog Grip
A Short Study of Ulysses S. Grant

By John F. Marszalek
and David S. Nolen
and Louie P. Gallo
and Frank J. Williams

Afterword by Mark E. Keenum

128 pages, 5 x 8 inches, 10 b&w illustrations

9781496824110 Cloth $20.00T

Cloth, $20.00

A concise chronicle of one of the most accomplished figures in American history

In this new short biography of Ulysses S. Grant, leading scholars provide an accessible introduction to Grant and his legacy. Grant led Federal forces to victory in the Civil War, was the first modern American president, and authored his memoirs, which would eventually become one of the greatest books of nonfiction by an American author.

The authors present a thematic exploration of Grant, providing the necessary insight to appreciate Grant and correct the myths that for too long clouded his true importance. They highlight specific moments or relationships in Grant's life--including his connection to such key figures as Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain--and elaborate on the more controversial elements of Grant's legacy, such as accusations about his drinking and corruption during the Grant presidency. Not to overlook his military accomplishments, they devote time to the study of Grant's war strategy and military career, beginning as early as his reluctant enrollment into West Point.

From humble birth to tragic death, this new take on Ulysses S. Grant instills readers with a deeper understanding of the military legend's nuanced personal history and an appreciation for the late president's tragic and triumphant story.

John F. Marszalek is executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and author of multiple books, including biographies of William T. Sherman, Henry W. Halleck, and George W. Murray. David S. Nolen is associate professor in the Mississippi State University Libraries. He served as the humanities reference librarian at MSU Libraries from 2008 to 2013 and began work as an editor with the Ulysses S. Grant Memoirs project in 2013. Louie P. Gallo is assistant editor at the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library. He previously worked at the National McKinley Birthplace Museum and Memorial. Frank J. Williams is a retired chief justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and president of the Ulysses S. Grant Association. Mark E. Keenum is president of Mississippi State University. Previously Marszalek, Nolen, and Gallo published The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The Complete Annotated Edition, winner of a 2017 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award and the Mississippi Library Association's 2018 Authors Award for Non-Fiction.

128 pages, 5 x 8 inches, 10 b&w illustrations