Just days after winning the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for his book Washington: A Life (covered in BookPage's October '10 issue), Ron Chernow has signed a deal to write a "comprehensive biography" of Ulysses S. Grant. I thought I'd announce this news today—the deal was published on Monday—because April 27 is Grant's birthday! He would have been 189.
Chernow has previously written about the history of J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller and Alexander Hamilton. Here at BookPage, we love Chernow's biographies because of their incredible detail, fantastic writing and compelling narratives.
On a personal note, I'm looking forward to this biography because I've been immersed in the world of the Civil War thanks to Robert Hicks' The Widow of the South, which I've finally gotten around to reading.
As this year is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, I have a feeling there will be keen interest in the life of military generals from that period—not that history buffs aren't always interested in the CW. Also, Reconstruction is a fascinating time in American history, but one that I could definitely learn more about. (For some reason those years felt like a blur in my American History courses—anyone else have that feeling?)