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In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book! podcast, Roxanne Coady joins author Ron Chernow to talk about his latest expository biography on Ulysses S. Grant. Just who is Ron Chernow? He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, historian, and journalist who wrote the biography that became the inspiration behind the record-breaking, hip-hop Broadway musical Hamilton.
Chernow speaks on Grant’s military memoirs throughout the novel, giving us a look into the history behind the man who left an impact on our world today. “My job as a biographer is to probe the ‘silences,’ what the subject doesn’t want to talk about,” Chernow speaks on behalf of Grant’s memoirs in which “there is not a single syllable about his drinking problem or his terrible poverty.” Thus, this biography does a wonderful job shedding light on the missing pieces in-between.
After the interview, Roxanne shares what is currently on her nightstand.
Grant by Ron Chernow
Abraham Lincoln: A Biography by Lord Charnwood
Abraham Lincoln by Carl Sandburg
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
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