This- on the other hand- is a good addition, in the story of a sensitive early boyhood of U.S. Grant, small town boy from Ohio. His father was a tanner and a man of limitless ambitions for his shy sensitive son, and that son's life was set in its path by his father's vainglory. Scholastically a success, but socially unable to meet the standards for a ""regular guy"", hating cruelty and violence, he went to West Point with the understanding that he would be an instructor, not an Army man. The author has given a good feel of the Ohio of the middle century in a warm biography. This is on the plus side of the ledger for important supplementary reading.