Brooks Simpson: The Legacy and Life of Ulysses S Grant

Here’s an excellent interview with Brooks D. Simpson talking about Ulysses S. Grant.

The video’s description reads, “We go one on one with Author, Brooks Simpson, a leading expert on General Ulysses S Grant. He talks about Grant’s struggles to create a career after he left the Army in the early 1850s, and then how the force of his character allowed him to achieve a a string of victories early in the Civil War, that led him, ultimately to become the leader of the Union Forces in 1864, that brought the defeat of the Confederacy in 1865.”

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2 comments

  1. Shoshana Bee · · Reply

    I believe that this quote below best describes the approach that Brooks D. Simpson used when he undertook his biography of Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 1822-1865, which I have read, and it reflects very strongly in this interview, I found that Grant’s flaws were dealt with honestly, and with the candor of someone who has found safe distance from a subject that he covers in-depth. A delicate balance has indeed been achieved, which is not always easy when one immerses himself into the life of another:

    ” I have no interest in becoming Grant’s advocate or antagonist, in either elevation or denigrating him. Like anyone else, Grant had his strengths and weaknesses, his virtues and his vices; if parts of his character and personality are praiseworthy, one must also concede that he was far from flawless. In short, he was human. People who search for perfect heroes reveal much more about themselves than about their subjects; so do those who make scapegoats for an age” Brooks D. Simpson, Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 1822-1865, Preface xiii​

    1. Thanks for your thoughts on this, Shoshana. I agree with you.

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