Hey, Trunk, if we’re going

Hey, Trunk, if we’re going to do seasonal book lists as many magazines do this time of year, let me add a couple of comments. First, if you’re going to read American history, you can’t do better than Shelby Foote’s three-volume masterpiece, The Civil War.
Second, I happen to be a huge Ulysses Grant fan. I am currently reading the new Grant biography by J. E. Smith. It is exceptional, and unique in that it rehabilitates Grant’s reputation as President. In truth, Grant was an excellent president–both successful and highly popular. His reputation has been unjustly sullied by generations of Democrat historians, largely because of his vigorous efforts to defend the freed slaves in the South. Smith has gone far to repair this injustice.

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