Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity by Brooks D. Simpson

Am I like Grant? Here’s what Simpson says about Grant in his preface:

But, more than anything else, I found Grant’s ability to keep moving on, to overcome obstacles, to prevail somehow, some way, testament to some inner strength that weathered periods of difficulty, depression, and self-doubt.

I’d like to think I’m like Grant. Here’s another:

Once, the colonel approached Grant with a requisition order authorizing large expenditures. Briefly reviewing the report, the general gave his approval, catching the colonel by surprise. Might the general want to ponder the matter a little longer? Was he sure he was right? Grant looked up. “No, I am not,” he responded; “but in war anything is better than indecision. We must decide. If I am wrong, we shall soon find it out, and can do the other thing. But not to decide wastes both time and money, and may ruin everything.”