William S. McFeely
W. W. Norton & Co, 2002, 612 pages, paperback
From his boyhood in Ohio to the battlefields of the Civil War and his presidency during the crucial years of Reconstruction, this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography traces the entire arc of Grant's life (1822-1885).
"Combines scholarly exactness with evocative passages....Biography at its best." - Marcus Cunliffe, The New York Times Book Review
"A moving and convincing portrait....profound understanding of the man as well as his period and his country." - C. Vann Woodward, New York Review of Books
"Clearsightedness, along with McFeely's unfailing intelligence and his existential sympathy...informs his entire biography." - Justin Kaplan, The New Republic
"One of the great American biographies." - Michael Korda, The Week