Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S.Grant (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 24 Jun 1999
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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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"One of the most unflinching studies of war in our literature." --William McFeeley
Among the autobiographies of great military figures, Ulysses S. Grant's is certainly one of the finest, and it is arguably the most notable literary achievement of any American president: a lucid, compelling, and brutally honest chronicle of triumph and failure. From his frontier boyhood to his heroics in battle to the grinding poverty from which the Civil War ironically "rescued" him, these memoirs are a mesmerizing, deeply moving account of a brilliant man, told with great courage as he reflects on the fortunes that shaped his life and his character. Written under excruciating circumstances (as Grant was dying of throat cancer), encouraged and edited from its very inception by Mark Twain, it is a triumph of the art of autobiography.
The books in the Modern Library War series have been chosen by series editor Caleb Carr according to the significance of their subject matter, their contribution to the field of military history, and their literary merit. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Grant's Memoirs are a deserved classic in American literature and considered the greatest military Memoirs ever penned, exceeding Caesar's Commentaries. Grant wrote as he lived: with clear, concise statements, unembellished with trivialities or frivolities. The only "criticism" the reader might have is that Grant bent over backwards not to wound the feelings of people in the book. He takes swipes at Joe Hooker and Jeff Davis, but what he left unsaid would have been far more interesting. A compelling and logical reason why Grant was so spare in his comments was because he was involved in a race with death. He didn't know how long he could live and therefore, "cut to the chase."
Grant's assessments of Lincoln, Sherman, Sheridan and other military leaders are brilliant and engrossing. His style, like the man himself, was inimitable and couldn't be copied. In everyday life, Grant was a very funny man, who liked to listen to jokes and tell them himself. His sense of the absurd was acute. It's no accident that he loved Mark Twain and the two hitched together very well.Read more ›
Also gives insight into the man himself.
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This book describes the considered views of General Grant upon the war and read in conjunction with histories of the period is extremely interesting.Published 9 months ago by Bellringer
A suprisingly readable book. I really felt I was hearing Grant's voice.Published 10 months ago by Mr D
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A must have for anyone with any interest in the subject, especially at the price.
Grant is a towering and sometimes controversial figure. Here he tells the story of his rise to command of the northern armies of the civil war, giving his own judgements and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Andrew Parker
This book is must for anyone interested in the American Civil War. As direct and straightforward a memoir as you could hope to read.Published 20 months ago by Scottish Booklover
a memorable addition to my library of books about the American Civil War. he writes in an easy to understand manner and his knowledge of the subject and integrity shine through. Read morePublished on 26 July 2014 by adrian
As this was written by Grant at the end of his remarkable life it has little rancour and a clear view of all the major participants - their strengths and weaknesses. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2014 by RossoRichie
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