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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619491850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619491854
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Destitute and wracked by throat cancer, Ulysses S. Grant finished writing his Personal Memoirs shortly before his death in 1885. Today their clear prose stands as a model of autobiography. Civil War soldiers are often celebrated for the high literary quality of the letters they sent home from the front lines; Grant's own book is probably the best piece of writing produced by a participant in the War Between the States. Apart from Lincoln, no man deserves more credit for securing the Northern victory than Grant, and this chronicle of campaigns and battles tells how he did it. (The book also made a bundle of money for his family, which had been reeling from the failure of Grant's brokerage firm.) This is not an overview of the entire Civil War; as the North was beating the South on the third day of Gettysburg, for example, Grant was in Mississippi capturing Vicksburg. But it is a great piece of writing, one that can be appreciated even by readers with little interest in military history. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"The best [memoirs] of any general's since Caesar."   --Mark Twain

"A unique expression of the national character....[Grant] has conveyed the suspense which was felt by himself and his army and by all who believed in the Union cause. The reader finds himself...on edge toknow how the Civil War is coming out." --Edmund Wilson

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I would recommend this book to all history buffs.
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He's reading it very slowly...lots of detail...not a thriller read... very thorough...and learning a lot.
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U.S. Grant shows the definitive strategy that ended the civil war.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan C. Brown on July 30, 2013
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this book was a gift for Civil War enthusiast. He's reading it very slowly...lots of detail...not a thriller read... very thorough...and learning a lot.
Grant writes beautifully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John M Grimshaw on March 8, 2013
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The first memoir I've read. My reading was encouraged by the Lincoln movie and the Doris Kearns Goodwin book a "Team of Rivals". I was curious about Grant's evaluation of Lincoln and it was especially meaningful to read his thoughts first hand. The book read as though Grant was explaining the Civil War to me. I was fascinated by his description of events at Appomattox. While reading this book it would be helpful to have a campaign map to follow his assessment of the terrain and flow of the battle.A very important book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john purcell on September 21, 2012
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Very late in life, destitute and sick with the cancer that killed him, U.S. Grant penned his personal memoirs. He focused almost exclusively on the war years, with some mention of his youth and early years in the old army. You could read this book and not notice that he had ever become President, that job must have been an afterthought and clearly not a role he relished. Like many of us, Grant was terrified of public speaking and interacting with large groups. Even as President he generally avoided such requirements, preferring to issue orders or read a brief statement. Not sure that would work these days.

Grant's humor, compassion, humility, and honesty come out in this book. Since it was the end of his life and many of his colleagues had already gone to collect their just rewards, Grant does not pull any punches in his opinions of the War Department leadership and officers and some of the politicians who crossed his path during the War. Grant was also a very modest man. When hostilities commenced in 1861 he offered his services to the local politicians, with no hard sell of his military experience and capabilities. He is also clear in that he was not a supporter of the goals when he served in the Mexican War but went along with the orders provided him.

Perhaps the experience that most grew his character were his years out of the army, when he was leading a series of failed business and farming ventures, reduced to cutting firewood for his neighbors on some days. Grant also took the opportunity here to set the story straight on some War stories that would have been good stories if only they were true.
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This book does a good job of putting the Civil War in context. Hearing Grant' s perspective is priceless. But the writing style from the late 1800's isn't always easy to navigate. At times, Grant assumes the reader's familiarity with the events and skips over important details. It's a great book, but a tough read.
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This is a fantastic book. U.S. Grant shows the definitive strategy that ended the civil war. Clearly the first modern general.
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I have often read about how good General Grant's autobiography is. I can see why so many thought that Samuel Clemons (aka Mark Twain) really wrote it. General Grant wrote of his life with honesty and wit.

About halfway through the book, it dawned on me the only person he seemed to mock or make fun of or write poorly of was himself. He had ample opportunity to criticize - okay, in modern parlance, trash - a lot of the people and policies, but he doesn't. He just mildly will offer his disagreement with something or someone and proceed on with his story.

I like that and found it refreshing, even if this book is almost 130 years old. That's how well his story transcends time. There is a moral in all of that.
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By don austin on March 2, 2014
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i found the book quite interesting and even a bit of humor...Any one interested in history or US grant,should enjoy it.
He did a nice job on this book...GREAT
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Insight to Grant's background and Civil War years. Well written and excellent history book. I would recommend it to Civil War enthusiasts.
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