Ron Chernow's Grant details the life of a flawed individual who was also a hero because he fought against the injustices of his time. The biography begins at the end. Diagnosed with throat cancer and low on funds he wanted to provide for his family after his death, it was with the help and support of his friend Mark Twain that his memoirs would be published. The book not only became a success but became one of the most detailed and foremost accounts of the Civil War. Unfortunately, Grant did not live to see the success of his story told. As we read more about Grant we see how human and incredibly flawed he was.
Chernow's mission is to critique past biographer's assessment on who Grant was and provide us with a portrait of who he really is. Chernow tells us about all the successes and failures that Grant had to endure. In previous biographies of Grant's, ones that I couldn't find in a Civil War shop or any store elsewhere, he is often portrayed as a drunken loaf. Rumors about his needing to be tied to his horse due to drunkenness have been accepted as fact. What I found most interesting is that his name as we know it is wrong (he was born Hiram Ulysses Grant).