Books: Six Lives, Two Centuries

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...

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