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Grant ron chernow on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the 1 new york times bestseller named one of the 10 best books of 2017 by the new york times book review pulitzer prize winner ron chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents. This is a good time for ron chernows fine biography of ulysses s grant to appear as history it is remarkable full of fascinating details sure to make it interesting both to those with the most cursory knowledge of grants life and to those who have read his memoirs or any of several previous biographies. Pulitzer prize winner ron chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents ulysses s grant ulysses s grants life has typically been misunderstood all too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the . Chernow sometimes glides over major historical and political developments but he does demonstrate that the secession crisis clarified grants politics and transformed him into an outright militant intent on preserving the union and ending slavery. Jesse root grant january 23 1794 june 29 1873 was a farmer tanner and successful leather merchant who owned tanneries and leather goods shops in several different states throughout his adult life he is best known as the father of ulysses s grant and the one who introduced ulysses to military life at west pointjesse was born in greensburg pennsylvania and was one of seven children