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

Hold On with a Bulldog Grip

A Short Study of Ulysses S. Grant

By John F. Marszalek, David S. Nolen, Louie P. Gallo, and Frank J. Williams
Afterword by Mark E. Keenum
Hardcover : 9781496824110, 128 pages, 10 b&w illustrations, March 2019

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.


"The authors of Hold On with a Bulldog Grip: A Short Study of Ulysses S. Grant have produced an invaluable guide to the fascinating and incredibly eventful life of General and President Ulysses S. Grant. Students and teachers alike will benefit from the well-organized and clearly written text covering Grant’s life, career, and legacy."

- Joan Waugh, professor of history at University of California, Los Angeles, and author of U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth

"Beautifully complementing the copious flood of new Grant literature, here is a compact, concise, almost conversational biography that will make new converts out of readers still unfamiliar with the general’s life story, while offering historians and buffs an ample supply of new interpretation and fresh analysis. Armed with sound research, hitting all the high points, four experts tell the entire story with an abundance of verve and a commendable lack of ornamentation—much like Grant himself. The result is one of the best little A-to-Z life stories to emanate from the new golden age of Grant scholarship inspired by the completed Grant papers and the thriving U. S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University."

- Harold Holzer, winner of the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize

"The greatness of Ulysses S. Grant is narrated in a fresh way in Hold On with a Bulldog Grip. Grant’s integrity, humility, and moral courage can serve as an example in our present political tumult. His connections to Stephen D. Lee and Mississippi State University—past and present—will surprise and delight readers of this compelling biography."

- Ronald C. White, author of American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant