Have you heard of Hamilton, the musical (it’s quite popular)? Did you know it was a book first? If you are surprised by this, you might be pleased to know that the same author, Ron Chernow, has a new book covering Ulysses S. Grant. At over 1,000 pages, Chernow exhaustively covers Grant’s life in the same detail as he did with Hamilton and Washington. Grant also received very high honors as a top 10 book of 2017 by the New York Times.
If you are a Ulysses S. Grant aficionado you may want to try American Ulysses by Ronald C. White, which comes in at a very robust 826 pages. If you are looking to branch out your American biography knowledge, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals or Jon Meacham’s American Lion would be excellent choices. The former, exploring president Lincoln’s presidency (also the foundation for Spielberg’s Lincoln), and the latter, the life and times of America’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. If you are like me, however, and have a hard time committing to a particular subject, your best bet may be Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis. Ellis the careers of some of the founding fathers and builds a great narrative explaining their careers and how they shaped America.