A groundbreaking book by Joseph A. Rose challenges Ulysses S. Grant's reputation as a military genius and a reliable chronicler of America's bloodiest conflict
Online PR News – 04-September-2015 – New York, NY – Grant suffered the biggest military surprise of the Civil War, committed the worst official act of anti-Semitism on United States soil, and came closest of all federal commanders to losing Washington, D.C. In ranking his generalship above Robert E. Lee’s, Grant’s defenders ignore both his crude, pugnacious strategies that resulted in a costly war of attrition and his amateurish tactics of impulsive, futile frontal assaults against fortified positions. Besides, his rampant cronyism poisoned the Union war effort.
Impressively researched, Grant Under Fire is an iconoclastic but exceptionally well documented contribution to our clearer and more in-depth understanding of the role Grant played in the American Civil War. Informed and informative, Grant Under Fire is a seminal work of exhaustive scholarship.—Midwest Book Review
Praise from noted Civil War authors:
Joseph A. Rose presents an engaging critical assessment of Grant’s generalship that is destined to provoke lively debate.—Gordon Rhea
Rose writes with a vigorous style, and supports his thesis with impressive research and incisive analysis.—Robert I. Girardi
Grant Under Fire reveals a general with a dramatically different character than the one he portrayed for himself.—Lawrence Lee Hewitt
A well-written, exhaustively researched essay.—John Horn
Rose’s prodigious and impeccable scholarship greatly strengthens his penetrating analysis of both Grant the man and Grant the commander.—William Glenn Robertson
Just to set the record straight, there should be more future insightful research and commentary, as you will find here.—Wiley Sword
It is a must for any serious student of the Civil War.—Frank Varney
This unique work resolves such controversies as Grant’s drunken partying with the enemy, unfairly blaming Lew Wallace for the slow march to Shiloh, pretending to possess a plan to pass Vicksburg, taking credit for the charge up Missionary Ridge, leaving wounded men to die between the lines at Cold Harbor, and mistreating Black soldiers and civilians. His celebrated Personal Memoirs are shown to be essentially unreliable, while Grant was remarkably untruthful, careless, persistent, indolent, aggressive, unjust, biased, impetuous and lucky.
Joseph A. Rose spent twelve years writing Grant Under Fire, combining original research—rigorously based on primary sources—and investigative historiography.