Ronald C. White: American Ulysses

October 20, 2016


By the late nineteenth century, Ulysses S. Grant — famous Civil War general and eighteenth President of the United States — was considered among the greatest leaders in American history. His Personal Memoirs, completed rapidly as he fought his last battle with cancer, were published by Mark Twain shortly after Grant’s death in 1885, to enduring acclaim.

During the twentieth century, evaluations of Grant’s legacy became more critical. In American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, bestselling historian Ronald C. White mobilizes meticulous research and a masterful prose style to argue that the time is ripe for a fresh evaluation of Grant’s important contributions to American life. As a multidimensional portrait of an iconic nineteenth-century figure, American Ulysses attempts to set a new standard of excellence for Grant biographers.

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies was proud to partner with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library & Museum to host this keynote with Ronald C. White as he introduced his book, American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant.

Watch the lecture here.

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