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This is the first-ever book-length study of President Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant. It describes their similar ordinary "Western" backgrounds, their early struggles to succeed, and their pre-Civil War lives. Primarily, it traces their Civil War activities as President and rising general, respectively, and discusses how they developed a successful working relationship as the war proceeded. Finally, the last chapter analyzes the reasons for their successful partnership: their common traits, mutual respect and loyalty, and their working relationships in a variety of areas.
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Ed Bonekemper is Book Review Editor of Civil War News and a former adjunct lecturer in military history at Muhlenberg College. He earned a B.A. cum laude in American history from Muhlenberg College, an M.A. in American history from Old Dominion University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. His prior Civil War books are Grant and Lee: Victorious American and Vanquished Virginian (Praeger/Greenwood, Westport, Connecticut and London, 2008) (reissued as e-book, 2010); McClellan and Failure: A Study of Civil War Fear, Incompetence and Worse (McFarland & Company, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2007) (reissued in softcover, 2010); A Victor, Not a Butcher: Ulysses S. Grant’s Overlooked Military Genius (Regnery Publishing, Inc., Washington, D.C., 2004) (nominated, by request, for the Lincoln Prize of the Civil War Institute) (reissued in softcover as Ulysses S. Grant: A Victor, Not a Butcher, 2010); How Robert E. Lee Lost the Civil War (Sergeant Kirkland’s Press, Fredericksburg, VA, 1998, hardcover and softcover) (reissued as e-book, 2010). Ed is a frequent speaker (hundred of appearances) at Civil War Roundtables (Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, Washington, LA, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Scottsdale, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Wilmington, etc.) and other groups. He has been a guest speaker at the Smithsonian Institution (six times), the Chautauqua Institute, the Delta Queen, the Lincoln Group of Washington, and other prestigious organizations. He served as a Federal Government attorney-manager for over 34 years, including 11 years on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a retired Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He lives with his wife Susan and their Susan-trained cockapoo Ruby in Willow Street, Pennsylvania (near Lancaster in heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country!).Review:
"Among the great duos of American history -- Lewis and Clark, Washington and Lafayette, Lee and Jackson -- the unlikely partnership of Ulysses Grant and Abraham Lincoln has received almost nothing in the way of direct examination. Their worlds were so separate that, apart from the Civil war, they might never have met. Yet, here were two men from the same adopted state, with the same unusual capacity to absorb disappointment and failure, and the same single vision for winning the Civil War. As Edward Bonekemper shows in his usual straightforward and uncluttered fashion, this odd couple brought together the political and military energies of the American republic in an unstoppable combination. Their linked histories have been Bonekemper's special study, and Lincoln and Grant: The Westerners Who Won the Civil War is the monument to that study." - Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director, Civil War Era Studies Program, Gettysburg College
"Nobody knows the Civil War -- or brings it alive so successfully -- as Ed Bonekemper. Thorough research and meticulous documentation always back up a clear, strong, unambiguous point of view about the War and the individuals who fought it. Lincoln and Grant is the latest addition to a distinguished collection of works exploring this watershed period in the history of our nation." -- Dr. Peyton R. (Randy) Helm, President and Professor of History, Muhlenberg College
"With this book, Ed Bonekemper continues his studies of Ulysses S. Grant. Once again, he demonstrates the general's many talents. This new book's linking of Grant with Lincoln is insightful, and Civil War readers will not want to miss this page-turner." -- Dr. John F. Marszalek, Executive Director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association, Mississippi State University
"Bonekemper's finely crafted, first-of-its kind analysis, ably illustrates how similar life experiences and shared values forged an iron-clad relationship between the indomitable duo of Lincoln and Grant. This book weaves together the complex tapestry of how these two Westerners were able to restore the Union and end the South's peculiar institution." -- Prof. Jonathan A. Noyalas, author of Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign: War Comes to the Home Front and other Civil War books
"This unique examination, a dual biography merging strategic and political concerns with the course of winning the Civil War, will give every student of the conflict another opportunity to ponder how that war was won. Indeed, Lincoln and Grant were the Westerners who won the Civil War." -- Theodore P. Savas, Esq., award-winning author
"With this book, Ed Bonekemper completes a hat trick on Ulysses S. Grant -- first a stand-alone study, then a study of Grant and his great adversary, Robert E. Lee, and now a volume focused on the relationship between Grant and his commander in chief, Abraham Lincoln. It is surprising that there has been no book-length study of this topic, and Bonekemper's sesquicentennial volume deserves attention for the heft of its subject and as a much-needed spark to more intense focus on the Civil War frontier between politics and generalship." -- Carl R. Schenker, Jr., Esq., Civil War historian and author
"Edward Bonekemper succeeds marvelously in presenting the relationship of these two Civil War icons. Lincoln and Grant outlines the divergent paths each of these two men took, until fate blended them together into a winning team for the Union. This excellent study presents a fresh and thought-provoking analysis of their lives, successes, adversities, and leadership styles. Lincoln and Grant is a must-have volume for the historian at all levels." -- Larry Clowers, Grant interpreter, historian, and book reviewer.
"So much has been written about Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant that there would seem to be no unplowed ground. Just in time for the Sesquicentennial, Ed Bonekemper proves this assumption wrong. In his new book the author explores in revealing detail how the Civil War careers of these two leading figures converged and evolved into a political-military collaboration that produced victory for the North." -- John Foskett, Esq., long-time Civil War buff and book reviewer
A long time ago, a friend told me that the war was fought in the East but won in the West. Edward Bonekemper's excellent work on the relationship between Grant and Lincoln firmly attests to the veracity of that statement. He has concisely articulated and described their iron-clad relationship, rooted in the hard life of the antebellum West, which preserved the Union from destruction." -- John Michael Priest, author of four Civil War books and Antietam Battlefield guide
"Once again, Ed Bonekemper has scoured the past and brought forth another remarkable book. This time, Bonekemper examines President Abraham Lincoln and his most aggressive and successful general-in-chief, General Ulysses S. Grant. He uncovered factors in their difficult Western frontier upbringing, their leadership styles and other aspects of their lives that created a bond of trust and mutual respect which would help them, working together, win the awful war thrust upon them both. Bonekemper identifies and examines complementary personal traits of each man that helped mold the two of them into a winning team. This is a book for those looking for more than tactics, maps and a further rehashing of skirmishes, battles, and campaigns. This is a study of the two great leaders that won the war and how their Western roots contributed to their success." -- Edwin E. Powell, retired military intelligence officer
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