5 thoughts on “Ron Chernow and Brian Lamb Discuss Ulysses S. Grant

  1. HBM November 6, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Q&A is a weekly replacement for Booknotes.

  2. Shoshana Bee November 6, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    This — the Q&A — is my introduction to Chernow as a person. I was surprised at his erudite bearing,with a well-composed manner almost reminiscent of James Lipton. It was obvious that Chernow is quite comfortable in this medium which makes him very easy to listen to.

    I had to laugh and respond to the monitor when I heard this quote:

    Chernow: “I wanted to write about those things Gant did not want to talk about particularly his lifelong struggle with alcohol”

    Me: CHECK — covered that one, pardner!

    For anyone who has not read 10 pages of the book, let’s just say that the topic of Grant’s drinking is covered ad nauseum.

    I found myself definitely being drawn into the discussion, actually feeling a sadness and discomfort when Chernow recounts the last, agonizing days of Grant’s life, as he finished the Memoirs. A story in itself worthy of a Greek Tragedy.

    All in all, the interview comes across as an after-dinner discussion in a living room – one that we were fortunate enough to sit in on.

  3. The Other Mark November 7, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Would be interested in hearing your take on the Chernow book.

  4. Lyle Patrick Smith October 12, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    Man, has this blog ever died. I wonder why?

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