The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.
By Ulysses S. Grant. Faced with failing health and financial ruin, the Civil War’s most tenacious general and former president wrote his personal memoirs to secure his family’s future—and in the process won himself a unique place in American literature.
Grant’s 736-page collection of memoirs has been called one of the most unflinching studies of war in American history. And among the autobiographies of great military figures, Ulysses S. Grant’s are certainly some of the finest. In fact, Grant’s memoirs are arguably the most notable literary achievement of any American president.
Grant’s Personal Memoirs is 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 yet troubled man, told with great courage as he reflects on the fortunes that shaped his life and his character.
Written under excruciating circumstances (Grant was dying of throat cancer while writing these memoirs, his family living off money borrowed or donated or loaned to the family), encouraged and edited from its very inception by Mark Twain (his publisher), Grant’s Memoirs are a triumph of autobiography.
In his memoirs Grant candidly and honestly discusses his childhood, his time at West Point and his experiences in the Mexican War. He analyzes without exaggeration the decisions he made at Vicksburg, Shiloh, Petersburg, the Wilderness, Cold Harbor and Appomattox Courthouse.
In short, it is Grant’s intimate observations on the conduct of the Civil War which make up the bulk of the work and which have made this required reading for history students, military strategists, and Civil War buffs alike.
Softcover edition, 736 pages
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