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January 2023 Book Club and Looking Forward

Our Book Club at The Armed Forces Home, Washington, D.C. thoroughly enjoyed reading and discussing author, Brett Baier's presentation of "To Rescue The Republic, Ulysses S. Grant, The Fragile Union, And The Crisis of 1876." As we spent time delving into the life of Grant, the illustrious Civil War General, the passionate U.S. President, and the loving and devoted family man, it was unanimous that we were all inspired by Grant's perseverance, his tenacity during the most difficult of times, and his strong personal beliefs for a united nation. And even though members of our Book Club have read multiple texts on Ulysses S. Grant, we all determined that there is always something new to learn.

Personally, I could quote much of what was written in "To Rescue The Republic, Ulysses S. Grant, The Fragile Union, And The Crisis of 1876," but there is one piece of research that notes Grant's character and these words seem to thread throughout the entire book. It is written in Brett Baier's book that Charles A. Dana, the Assistant Secretary of The Civil War, observed the following about General Grant,

Dana observed, "Grant was an uncommon fellow-the most modest, the most disinterested, and the most honest man I ever knew, with a temper that nothing could disturb, and a judgment that was judicial in its comprehensiveness and wisdom. Not a great man, except morally; not an original or brilliant man, but sincere, thoughtful, deep, and gifted with courage that never faltered; when the time came to risk all, he went in like a simple-hearted, unaffected, unpretending hero, whom no ill omens could deject and no triumph unduly exalt."

Next on our list of books to read, our AFRH Book Club will venture to the end of the world. Julian Sancton's book, "Madhouse At The End Of The Earth, The Belgica's Journey Into The Dark Antarctic Night," is an epic story of an adventure that draws on the diaries and journals of the crew of the ship, the Belgicia. There has been much to learn about the expeditions to the coldest and windiest place in the world, and to the largest desert...the continent of Antarctica.

Hoping that you will find a book to read that will nourish both your mind and your soul!




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