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Number-One New York Times best seller

Fox News Channel’s chief political anchor illuminates the heroic life of Ulysses S. Grant

"To Rescue the Republic is narrative history at its absolute finest. A fast-paced, thrilling and enormously important book." (Douglas Brinkley)

An epic history spanning the battlegrounds of the Civil War and the violent turmoil of Reconstruction to the forgotten electoral crisis that nearly fractured a reunited nation, Bret Baier’s To Rescue the Republic dramatically reveals Ulysses S. Grant’s essential yet underappreciated role in preserving the United States during an unprecedented period of division.

Born a tanner’s son in rugged Ohio in 1822 and battle-tested by the Mexican-American War, Grant met his destiny on the bloody fields of the Civil War. His daring and resolve as a general gained the attention of President Lincoln, then desperate for bold leadership. Lincoln appointed Grant as Lieutenant General of the Union Army in March 1864. Within a year, Grant’s forces had seized Richmond and forced Robert E. Lee to surrender.

Four years later, the reunified nation faced another leadership void after Lincoln’s assassination and an unworthy successor completed his term. Again, Grant answered the call. At stake once more was the future of the Union, for though the Southern states had been defeated, it remained to be seen if the former Confederacy could be reintegrated into the country - and if the Union could ensure the rights and welfare of African Americans in the South. Grant met the challenge by boldly advancing an agenda of Reconstruction and aggressively countering the Ku Klux Klan. 

In his final weeks in the White House, however, Grant faced a crisis that threatened to undo his life’s work. The contested presidential election of 1876 produced no clear victory for either Republican Rutherford B. Hayes or Democrat Samuel Tilden, who carried most of the former Confederacy. Soon Southern states vowed to revolt if Tilden was not declared the victor. Grant was determined to use his influence to preserve the Union, establishing an electoral commission to peaceably settle the issue. Grant brokered a grand bargain: the installation of Republican Hayes to the presidency, with concessions to the Democrats that effectively ended Reconstruction. This painful compromise saved the nation, but tragically condemned the South to another century of oppression of civil rights.

Deep with contemporary resonance and brimming with fresh detail that takes readers from the battlefields of the Civil War to the corridors of power where men decided the fate of the nation in back rooms, To Rescue the Republic reveals Grant, for all his complexity, to be among the first rank of American heroes.

©2021 Bret Baier (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Couldn’t get past opening nonsense about January 6

I usually 5 star his books but was so turned off by the beginning about January 6, and the complete misrepresentation, I couldn’t get into the rest. Going to exchange it for another bill.

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ENOUGH of the January 6th talk already!

I don't know why people can't use common sense and just let go of what happened on January 6th 2021, since it was just a large group of upset people who broke into a building to stir up trouble. The only difference between it and the riots that happened all throughout 2020 is the fact that it was just a little bit more important building than the buildings rioters destroyed during their protests all throughout 2020. What happened on January 6th was nothing to do with a so-called insurrection. The whole incident has been totally blown out of proportion, and I'm disappointed that Bret Baier had to bring this up at the beginning of this book. There's no comparison to the point in history where the comparison is made by the author. The facts in the book regarding Grant are all there, so the book achieves a true story about the life of Grant.

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History of Grant

Bret Baier brings history to life in Rescue the Republic. I tried reading a book about Grant before but did not make it far. This book was easy to listen to and I learned a lot about President Grant.

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Amazing

Having read/listened to Bret Baier's 4 other books, I had high expectations. I was not disappointed. I learned so much I did not previously know about President Grant. Great job!

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What an amazing journey to Ulysses S Grant

Bret Baier and his team did an amazing job depicting the life and journey of Ulysses S. Grant. Hopefully this book will set things straight about the significance of how Grant encouraged and tried to do the right thing for the African American population.

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Very superficial and not for the history fan

Having read grants memoir (great but technical) and the authoritative bio by Chernow this is like a cliff notes version of his life with just a fraction on the election. Very limited depth and primary research. Disappointing

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Excellent biographical edition of Grant

This book provided a more complete view of the man, general and president. It described his views on the war and reconstruction time period which held the Union together. Another great read by Bret Bauer!

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Excellent

Loved this book! So sad that history has failed to give General Grant the credit that he deserves in the history of our nation. He was an ordinary man gifted with an unusual ability to lead other ordinary men. Thank you for this book!

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Greatest US President

It’s time that Grant takes his place amongst the very greatest of US Presidents. Who else saved the country three times?

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Great writing

Keep writing Bret. Your books dig down into “the rest of the story” which large biographies don’t do well. Also you are meticulous about getting the facts and not clouding the story with opinion. You let the reader draw their own conclusions. (Priceless!)