Book Reviews



(Great Generals)

by John Mosier and Wesley K. Clark

Review by Richard Sheppard


This book is part of the "Great Generals" series from Palgrave Publishing. Anyone who is not familiar with Ulysses S. Grant's masterful oversight of the Union Army after 1963 will encounter a fair appraisal of Grant's encompassing military abilities. Most of what's included in this volume has been presented elsewhere, what this book does is condense what's known about Grant into an essence of how Grant considered his options and commanded, both his early battles and his later epic struggles vs. Robert E. Lee. The authors argue that Grant might be the finest military commander of all ages. It's not an argument made lightly, and it isn't made lightly here. The authors give Grant his due in an informative, convincing, and compact biography that strips away everything but what Grant did on the battlefield. 

Even a lay reader will understand how the straightforward Grant planned and executed his battles. And the authors aver that he was not the mere "numberless casualties" butcher of somewhat conventional Grant wisdom. Grant never lost a battle; an accolade few, if even one other notable field commander can claim. This book reinforces the idea that Ulysses "Sam" Grant, savior of the Union, belongs among the select few at the pinnacle of military strategists and commanders.