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The essential points of The Generalship of Ulysses S. Grant, first published in 1929, have been packaged in more politically accessible prose by contemporary writers like John Keegan and Geoffrey Perret. But I was interested by the book’s datedness, the view it offers of the odd personality and ominous historical situation from which the reevaluation of Grant was launched. Major-General J.F.C. Fuller is a somewhat sinister and repellent figure – a disciple of Aleister Crowley; a mystic whose Fut...
well worth reading - I've read 6 books on Grant but was curious as to what Fuller had written way back in 1929 - as it turns out, Fuller wrote quite a bit - he makes a powerful case for Grant's being one of our country's greatest leaders - how Grant's legacy could have been so besmirched I can only attribute to all those deadender Confederates whose presence we are still cursed with - over the years enough racists have, like so many rats, chewed away at the truths of Grants many qualities - I wa...
Fuller (in spite of his own sordid politics) has always been one of my favorite military historians. In this book, he makes a lengthy and successful defense against those who characterize Grant as simply a butcher who won the war by attrition. He correctly sees Grant a one who had to deal with the political aspects of the Civil War (particularly the victories needed to aid in Lincoln’s re-election) while also having to focus on his own strategy of “fixing” Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in one
Well done and controversial, read it.Fuller's point here is this: Grant is the true genius of the war and Lee is an overrated hack. I think most Americans familiar with he war will scoff at the very notion of that, but Fuller makes a well rounded and forceful argument (like he always does). Good stuff.
This is a serious book for serious students of history. The author was a British general during the WWI so he knew from personal experience what was going through Grant's mind