A New York Times best-selling historian/biographer whos given us firm portraits of Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Jackson, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, among others, Brands here takes on Civil War general and two-term president Ulysses Grant. Grants reputation suffered after the war, partly because of Southern resentment, and Brands is out to give us a fairer, better picture. He reveals a first-rate general and a President who was both popular and compassionate, working hard to protect the rights of freedmen; Brands calls him the last presidential defender of black civil rights for nearly a century. Im betting on this one.

From "New York Times"-bestselling author Brands, a masterful biography of the Civil War general and two-term president who saved the Union twice and held the country together at two critical turning points in U.S. history.