Grant understood the horrors of war and was not insensitive.,
This review is from: Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, both volumes in a single file, Samizdat Edition (Annotated) (Kindle Edition)
Grant as a newly minted lieutenant, graduated from West Point just in time to join the US war of conquest in Mexico which he frankly described as wrong. His candor on this sensitive matter continues into his detailed and frank description of the Civil War and his years as President of the US.
This man, who Lincoln finally found could win battles, where Abe's earlier choices seldom did, led to some of the bloodiest encounters in military history. However, he remained sensitive to the losses and to the vicious and sad consequences of that rebellion, even as he embraced its necessity to keep the union together.
This massive account rings true as a most accurate history from a key participant. Grant died in 1984 shortly after finishing this autobiography, which was a huge market sucess and provided his family with a substantial financial benefit, important since at that time lavish pensions were not provided former Presidents. This reminds us of the popularity which Crusade in Europe by Eisenhower enjoyed when it was published after WW II.
The contrast between Grant's precarious financial situation versus how our present day elected Federal officials fare with respect to pensions and other benefits, both before and after leaving office is startling.
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