Southern Illinois University Press
"Throughout much of his adult life, disappointment and hardship were Grant’s constant companions. Yet rather than let these circumstances defeat him, Grant endured these hardships, learned valuable life lessons from them and, combined with his formative background, used these lessons to his advantage to become the greatest and most successful battle commander in American military history. So argues Jack Hurst in his compelling and highly engaging America’s Hardscrabble General, Ulysses S. Grant: From Farm Boy to Shiloh."
Mannion, Richard G.
"America's Hardscrabble General: Ulysses S. Grant, From Farm Boy to Shiloh,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 25
Available at: https://repository.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol25/iss2/10