A smoothly written biography of Grant in which some ""scenes"" are fictionized. The country bumpkin who entered West Point was not a born soldier; rather, his military talent was acquired through rigorous trial and error. The main substance of the book is concerned with Grant's rise during the Civil War, from his first assignments under General Fremont, to the Battle of Vicksburg, the storming of Missionary Ridge and Lee's last stand. How he ascended to the White House, the problems of his administration and his final struggle with disease and poverty are delineated along with a glimpse at some of the personal details of his life. Many will find this an interesting, often moving biography.