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The Complete Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant Paperback – October 1, 2013
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"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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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.Read more ›
This book has been the greatest eye opener for me. I guess I thought that people of history are somehow different than people of our times. But a memoir can really give an intimate view of its time, so you can understand and like the people living then and put yourself in their milieu. I enjoyed that experience.
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Autobiography keeps you thoroughly interested. Personal perspective on major events that profoundly affected the direction of the United States that we know today. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sunny Glennon
A great book, it was interesting to get insight into a man who faced adversity and yet rose up the ranks of the Union army.Published 16 months ago by Brad Hampton
Long but worth it...very detailed. Full of information you'll not find in any other book on the war.Published 21 months ago by roger surratt
This is a fantastic book. U.S. Grant shows the definitive strategy that ended the civil war. Clearly the first modern general.Published on April 12, 2014 by Roy Ewers