Books: Making Things Git

GRANT TAKES COMMAND, by Bruce Catton. 556 pages. Little, Brown. $10.

Historian Lloyd Lewis wrote with bugles blaring, battle flags waving and exclamation marks used like bayonet points ("Blood! Blood! Blood!"). His style was perfectly suited to the fiery temper of William Tecumseh Sherman, and his classic Sherman: Fighting Prophet inspired a more restrained younger historian, Bruce Catton, to make a career out of the Civil War.

When Lewis died in 1949, he had completed only the first volume of a projected trilogy on Ulysses S. Grant. His widow, searching for someone to complete...

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