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Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
     

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

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by Ulysses S. Grant
 

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The Memoirs are divided into two volumes. The autobiography is unusual but not unique in that large sections of Grant’s life (most notably, his childhood and his presidency) are given brief mention or not discussed at all. The focus of the book is Grant’s military career—his service in the Mexican-American War and the Civil

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The Memoirs are divided into two volumes. The autobiography is unusual but not unique in that large sections of Grant’s life (most notably, his childhood and his presidency) are given brief mention or not discussed at all. The focus of the book is Grant’s military career—his service in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War.

Grant’s writing has been praised for its conciseness and clarity—a sharp contrast from contemporary Civil War memoirs, which tended to reflect the Victorian fondness for elaborate (and sometimes overblown) language.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940000754030
Publisher:
B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
767,921
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Destitute and wracked by throat cancer, Ulysses S. Grant finished writing his Personal Memoirs shortly before his death in 1885. Today their clear prose stands as a model of autobiography. Civil War soldiers are often celebrated for the high literary quality of the letters they sent home from the front lines; Grant's own book is probably the best piece of writing produced by a participant in the War Between the States. Apart from Lincoln, no man deserves more credit for securing the Northern victory than Grant, and this chronicle of campaigns and battles tells how he did it. (The book also made a bundle of money for his family, which had been reeling from the failure of Grant's brokerage firm.) This is not an overview of the entire Civil War; as the North was beating the South on the third day of Gettysburg, for example, Grant was in Mississippi capturing Vicksburg. But it is a great piece of writing, one that can be appreciated even by readers with little interest in military history.

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