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We are happy to announce the winner of the 1st Annual JSCWRT Award for “Best New Civil War Book”.
The 2018 Winner is 'Grant' By Ron Chernow

Published in 2017 by Penguin Press New York, the book has been praised for its research, its academic interpretations
and its outstanding literary qualities.  Indeed, Mr. Chernow has won the Pulitzer Prize in years past and has been
recognized for his definitive biographies of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington and John D. Rockefeller.

The book tells of Grant's struggles in his personal life as well as his military and political triumphs, not only in the
Civil War - a story known by all - but also his presidency.  Yes, Chernow's biography re-defines and re-examines
Grant's often dismissed presidency.  Grant's presidential rating will surely rise because of this book.
We might add that the chapter on Grant's war with the Ku Klux Klan is nothing less than a compelling read.

A life of Ulysses S. Grant encompassed some of the most turbulent times in American history - the Civil War and the antebellum era
leading up to it, and the turmoil of Reconstruction, the tragedy of the western Indian wars and the onset of the Gilded Age
of industrialization.  Chernow's magnificent biography does justice to all of this.  But, Grant is not a work of
hagiography - the man had his flaws - and Chernow's treatment is fair and balanced.
Grant is a necessary addition to the book shelf of any history buff.