The stories of Ulysses Grant, P.G. Wodehouse and the Beatles
To Emerson there was "properly no history, only biography." Three new books illustrate his view. Well told, the epic of a life may also be the life of an epoch.
GRANT by William S. McFeely Norton; 592 pages; $19.95
War, observes Biographer William McFeely with mordant pragmatism, "is a way out of a leather store." Certainly it was that for Ulysses S. Grant, who was clerking in a family shop in Galena, Ill., when the Civil War ignited the U.S. Grant was 38 when the...