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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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Grant makes it perfectly clear that the Civil War was about one thing and one thing only: Slavery. Book does not cover his Presidential years.Published 4 days ago by Simonesqe
An excellent insider's account of America's greatest tragedy.Published 17 days ago by Michael Atkins, PhD
Read almost 450+ pages in 4 days. Did not want to put it down.
US Grant goes into excruciating detail describing Union and Confederate Generals involved, Their... Read more
In spite of being full of errors and downright lies and character assassinations, the book was and (unfortunately) still is one of the most successful propaganda coups in our... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert T. Redman
A great look into the first hand accounts of a General Ulysses S. Grant. A man who served in one war, and led and Army to victory in a second. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephen Lewis
In his own words. Should be in every history buff's library.Published 2 months ago by Marc J. Yacht