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Unformatted text preview: The Academy was surprisingly egalitarian for the time, so Grant, the son of a tanner from Ohio, did not stand out in the crowd. In fact, he remained nondescript for most of his time at West Point, receiving average grades–excelling at mathematics but struggling at French–and finishing his second year of school ranked tenth in his class of fifty-three. In Grant's words, "I never succeeded in getting squarely at either end of my class, in any one study during the four years." The curriculum at West Point focused mostly on the philosophical dealings of war, teaching students to lead based on the recent developments of Napoleon, who had "perfected" the art of war. Grant himself, however, never developed the detached view of war that his professors urged, and he later disliked being compared to the short, stout French general. During his time as a later disliked being compared to the short, stout French general....
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