The Man Who Saved the Union

Ulysses S. Grant saved the Union twice, first on the field of battle during the Civil War, and then in the aftermath of the largely disastrous presidency of Andrew Johnson. Bestselling historian H. W. Brands offers a warts and all portrait of the 18th President in a work meant to restore a hero's maligned reputation.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…