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ISBN-13: 978-1619491854 ISBN-10: 1619491850

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  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619491850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619491854
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,798 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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U.S. Grant shows the definitive strategy that ended the civil war.
Roy Ewers
He's reading it very slowly...lots of detail...not a thriller read... very thorough...and learning a lot.
Susan C. Brown
His writing style was very direct and succinct, but inclusive of the life teeming around him.
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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David LeBlanc on March 20, 2014
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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 Clemens (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 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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 Michael E. Nader on December 14, 2013
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These memoirs from a U.S.Army General are unexpectedly interesting, personal, and while charming is not an accurate word, Grant's winning ways will (permit the tautology) win you over. An Essential book for understanding not only a man's life, his service to his country, and to us, but also an explanation for aspects of the U.S. Civil War you had not imagined.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen H. on September 19, 2013
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I bought this for my husband and became attached to story myself.Written by Grant,himself, who haad the encouragement
of his friend Mark Twain,it is a long and beautiful book to read.
Grant was destitute and ill after the Presidency.He wrote the book to provide his wife with adequate income after his death.
It starts with his birth and describes his ancestors who came to America.The book is well written as books of that time were.
People communicated largely by the written word when they were apart.
My husband and I are Civil War fans...having traveled in the North and South to famous sites to honor the brave men who
fought this horrible war.I was more than impressed with the book.I found it hard to put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Just A Buyer on October 18, 2012
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I learned of a General Grant who was far different than I had thought. I believe he wrote an honest view of himself and others. One thing that impressed me is not only did he fight he had a broad understanding of what was needed to win the war in the West and East. I've always known he was a good General but now rate him as a Great General. In the East he was highly respected by his men who cheered him after The Battle of The Wilderness when he headed South after Lees' Army. It had been a terrible fight but they cheered him. Why?? Because they had realized Lee must be defeated to win and the only way to do that was not to withdraw but pursue him. Grant was the first Northern General not to withdraw after a battle and they recognized Grant meant to win and knew how too. They never fought harder for any General than him. He was a great judge of other Commanders and didn't put himself above other sucessful ones, giving them credit for their actions. One simple thing he wrote impressed me, "Many thought Robert E Lee couldn't be defeated. But I knew Lee." It hit me like a ton of bricks that this man was not afraid of Lee. Later after defeating him he did show respect and compassion for him and his men. His Memoirs made me take a deeper look at this man. I when young remembered him being called a "Butcher". Reading another book about him I learned Grant lost a total of only 15% of his federal troops in 4 years, approx. 94,000 killed or wounded. While Robert E. Lee lost 20% of his men or approx 121,000 killed or wounded which was far more than any Civil war General. With Lee losing 80,000 in killed and wounded in his first fourteen months of Command and that equaled the number he had started with originally. Those facts changed my view of U.S. Grant.Read more ›
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