By Michael Korda
The first officer considering the fact that George Washington to develop into a four-star common within the usa military, Ulysses S. supply used to be a guy who controlled to finish the Civil warfare on a notice of grace, and was once the one president among Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson to serve 8 consecutive years within the White apartment. The son of an Ohio tanner, he has lengthy been remembered as a super basic yet a failed president whose moment time period led to monetary and political scandal. yet now acclaimed, bestselling writer Michael Korda deals a dramatic reconsideration of the guy, his lifestyles, and his presidency. Ulysses S. Grant is an evenhanded and stirring portrait of a unsuitable chief who however ably guided the United States via a pivotal juncture in its history.
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Dollar provide, like his father, used to be a real believer in different people’s company schemes, and it appeared to him logical for his father to sink his closing capital into the company of provide & Ward and make a fortune. it's a degree of Grant’s enduring—and endearing—naïveté that he was once persuaded to aim to develop into a Wall highway tycoon—few issues have been as transparent as Grant’s terrible judgment approximately cash and schemes to make money—yet that's accurately what he made up our minds to do. greenback was once an blameless dupe, Ward a shrewdpermanent con guy. And the result used to be predictable. Ward’s inspiration used to be to take advantage of supply as a entrance to draw investments from Civil warfare veterans. With Grant’s identify at the letterhead the money flowed in, and Ward used each one new funding to teach a revenue to the former investors—what could emerge as referred to as a Ponzi scheme. meanwhile Ward was once stealing the partnership blind, which grew to become purely too shockingly obvious while Ward needed to admit, in may possibly 1884, that the company was once technically bankrupt. in a single final burst of self belief trickery, Ward persuaded furnish to borrow $150,000 from the ambitious William Vanderbilt, which Vanderbilt agreed to on Grant’s own be aware. Then Ward vanished into protracted litigation and felony besides Vanderbilt’s $150,000, and provide was once left keeping the bag, bankrupt, an item of scorn or pity (depending on which social gathering you belonged to), via any criteria ruined. No American ex-president had ever fallen so low, and with the exception of Harding and Nixon, none ever may back. bankruptcy Ten RUINED AND SADDLED WITH DEBT, supply was once, in a few respects, again the place he had all started while he was once operating on the leather-based store in Galena. As continually in his outstanding existence, even if, an opportunity to upward thrust was back approximately to offer itself. once more he would have to wade through ache and agony; once more he could triumph over them to win glory. This time the weapon stands out as the pen, now not the sword. within the aftermath of the failure of furnish & Ward, provide had relatively reluctantly agreed to put in writing an account of Shiloh for Century journal, for a price of 5 hundred cash; extra articles have been known as for, and it progressively dawned at the editor of the Century ebook could ultimately come of all this. It additionally dawned on a former accomplice soldier, Samuel Clemens (more well-known less than his writing identify of Mark Twain), that this sort of booklet may promote. Clemens was once a writer in addition to a stand-up comedian and author, and owned his personal publishing apartment, Charles L. Webster & Co. , having came upon that he can make more cash through promoting his books door-to-door than via traditional publishers and booksellers, who even then have been considered at the back of the days whilst it got here to advertising and marketing their product. Clemens knew the overall just a little and dropped in to work out him at East Sixty-sixth Street—Clemens was once a star, the late-nineteenth-century an identical of a tremendous talk-show host, in addition to a well-known author, and he had the infrequent present of having the ability to make supply smile, so without doubt he used to be welcome. He was once additionally a guy with a imaginative and prescient, and proposed to safe for furnish not less than $25,000 for his struggle memoirs, opposed to very favorable royalty phrases that might make him, once more, a wealthy guy.