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This review is from: Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant - Volume 1 (Kindle Edition)
President Grant wrote this memoir near the end of his life and it was a huge success, selling enough copies to help his family financially after he was gone. He does an excellent job of describing his improbably rise to success in the Union Army during the Civil War.
For those of us who know nothing about warfare, his description of the campaigns will be real eye-openers. In this age of instant communications, we don't often think about the logistical problems of coordinating an attack. If you arrange an attack at a particular time of day, you can't rely on accurate watches. For one assault, his written instructions were for another general to attack an army from the other side when they heard his army open fire. Distance, a trick of the wind, and fog can all prevent the other army from hearing the fighting.
He also goes into detail about the huge logistical efforts involved in his campaigns. He spends considerable time addressing the belief that the South had better generals.
Read it and decide for yourself.