Could a hardworking man who seemingly failed at everything he did become a leader of men in wartime and president of a young nation struggling for its identity in a time of great expansion? May I Quote You, General Grant? answers that question with a glimpse at the man who claimed such accomplishments. With his gruff personality, slovenly appearance, and humble character, Ulysses S. Grant hardly represented a figure who would have inspired loyalty -- either on the battlefield or along the tortuous paths that a developing nation would need to follow toward becoming a world power. Grant's uncommon determination, however, allowed him to seize victory during the Civil War and helped whisk him to the presidency for two successive terms.