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Prior to his service in the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant exhibited few characteristics indicating that he would be an extraordinary leader. His performance as a cadet was mediocre, and he finished in the bottom half of his class at West Point. However, during his early service in the Civil War, most notably at the battles of Shiloh and Vicksburg, Grant proved that he possessed an uncommon drive. When it was most crucial, Grant demonstrated his integrity, determination, and tactical skill by taking control of the Union troops and leading his forces to victory.

A General Who Will Fight is a detailed study of leadership that explores Grant's rise from undisciplined cadet to commanding general of the United States Army. Some experts have attributed Grant's success to superior manpower and technology, to the help he received from other Union armies, or even to a ruthless willingness to sacrifice his own men. Harry S. Laver, however, refutes these arguments and reveals that the only viable explanation for Grant's success lies in his leadership skill, professional competence, and unshakable resolve. Much more than a book on military strategy, this innovative volume examines the decision-making process that enabled Grant both to excel as an unquestioned commander and to win.

The book is published by The University Press of Kentucky. The audiobook will be published by University Press Audiobooks.

"This is an extraordinary book covering the leadership style of General U.S. Grant during the American Civil War." (Lone Star Book Review)

"Incisive and inspirational tour of how Grant became Grant." (American History Magazine)

"This book is a readable, moving, and inspiring story of one of America's greatest generals." (Civil War Book Review)

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  • cosmitron
  • 11-07-2018

A quick focus on a interesting man

In short order like a good General this Book gives its premise as to why this General and President grew as a human being and how he became much more then he appeared to be,

The Narrator does a great job in making you relax and absorb the material.


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  • Fascinatingbooks
  • 11-07-2018

Clear, concise and enlightening

I listened to The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant by Harry S. Laver on audiobook, narrated by J. Scott Bennett. It's not a long book, only 6 hrs and 48 minutes, which is short compared to some of the other lengthy books on Grant, but, much like Grant's war stategy, it marches straight forward and without deviation, goal firmly in mind. This gives it a wonderful clarity, and kept me completely interested every minute.

The author focuses on something that had puzzled me. How did Grant, small of stature, mild of manner and admittedly flawed in some aspects of his character, how did he manage to rally Union troops and lead them to victory. What did he do, how did he act, to bring such determination to troops already weary from fighting?

Covering the additional challenges Grant faced from his own administration, fellow officers, and traitors to the Northern cause, Laver explains clearly the path Grant took to overcome these obstacles. Laver gave a very balanced view of Grant, not hero worship nor whitewashing his flaws, I came away feeling like I really understood the whole course of Grant's command.

I highly recommend this book for a reader just getting started in their understanding of the Civil War, and for the reader who has read a great deal of highly detailed material. I read everything I can about the Civil War, and this book was like putting in a foundation block in my understanding. Solid, clear and well organized, it made it easy for me to see the big picture of Grant's campaigns.

The narrator, J. Scott Bennett, was absolutely perfect for this book. His voice, pace and down home style was like having a very interesting and knowledgeable friend lay out all the information on how Grant managed his command and won the war. It was really the perfect listening experience.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 16-05-2019

Amazing narration of a fascinating man during a unique time period

Our civil war is a time period and a situation that was pivotal to our countries development. The leaders of that time are truly amazing on both sides and what they did and how they did it. So many histories like to critique them and the decisions made. Hindsight is 20/20. This story speaks to the skills and methods that Grant had and used that made him the leader he is. The narrator is what lead me to this story as his narrations are always spot on and never leave you toning out a story. This is without a doubt a wonderfully written book with a narration to match its excellence. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • J. Warren Benton
  • 06-10-2018

Learning to lead

I really enjoyed Laver's writing style. He gave the drudgery of military marching life and vigor. This book touches on Grant's early years in the military, from graduating in the bottom half of his class at West Point to his early days in the military. Grant often got bored and wanted to continue to push forward. Once the Civil War started grant was pulled back into military service. As he lead troops he often learned from his failures. Which he had many of them. But each new battle brought new challenges and as he got promoted up the rants Lincoln took a liking to him because he was constantly pushing to snuff out the Confederate resistance.

I also really enjoyed the narration in this book. Often NF like this can be a little dry but Bennett gives extra life to the well-written story.

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  • Shannon G
  • 08-08-2018

A Great Teaching Tool

I enjoyed listening to this book which is pretty much about Grant's military career. However, this is done with an unbiased view. Mr. Laver has done his research and has done it well. This would be an excellent source for those wanting to know more about Ulysses S Grant's military career and not much more. It's wonderfully done and the narrator does a great job as well. I felt I should be sitting on the floor or at a desk while listening to this book, as it felt I was attending a well delivered lecture (in a good way).

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 05-08-2018

GREAT CONCISE BOOK ABOUT GRANT'S MILITARY CAREER

I've always had a fascination for the Civil War, and I really enjoyed listening to this audio book and learning more about Grant's part in this tumultuous time in American history. Despite attempts today to "forget" or "destroy" some U.S. History that some find "offensive," I think it's VERY IMPORTANT to learn about what happened during those times, and use that wisdom to avoid making those mistakes in the future. If you take it away, the lesson doesn't get learned. Ulysses Grant is a fascinating man, and this book gave a concise, detailed account of his military leadership. I absolutely love J. Scott Bennett as a narrator, I've listened to several of his works and he gets it every time. Great talent! I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to learn a little more about Grant, fascinating stuff! :)
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  • Holly
  • 23-07-2018

Excellent!

The was an amazing listen! Grant is covered with no apparent bias... The realities of the war, the consequences and the achievements are masterfully explained. Being a Civil War Buff, I expected to find some inaccuracies to the timeline, as is often the fact when covering the Individual versus the actual War... This book delighted Me with it's accuracies. The Narrator has a very pleasant voice, and clearly articulates... He also possesses a keen knack for intonations... I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a fair and honest review... Thank You!

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  • John M.
  • 31-12-2020

Grant overall Best General in Civil War and US History

I am a great fan of General Grant and live a few minutes from Grant’ Farm in St. Louis. Grant was tenacious as a bulldog that is reluctant to release his grip. Even though Grant was the overall greatest General, he was not the greatest tactical General, because that accolade would, in my opinion and many historians, go to General George Thomas who like General Lee was a Virginian who was held in a suspicious light early in the war. General Thomas was a career soldier who had an unnecessary falling out with Grant after Shiloh and was fired before Nashville by Grant because of Grant’s Achilles heel of dislike for having a different style of leadership. A colleague of mine said that as a Marine officer, they studied Thomas’s tactics at Nashville. Strategically and politically, no General can compare with Grant.

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  • Andrew
  • 28-10-2020

Inspirational

Truly enjoyed the book. The portrait of Grant was appropriate. I definitely this book to history buffs.

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  • Deedra
  • 20-08-2018

The Leadeship of Ulysses S. Grant

I enjoyed this account of Grants early days and how he got to be who he was.It was well researched and written.Narration by J. Scott Bennett was perfect.
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