Personal Memoirs

Personal Memoirs

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by Ulysses S. Grant
     
 

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Faced with cancer and financial ruin, the Civil War's greatest general and former president, Ulysses S. Grant wrote his personal memoirs to secure his family's future. In doing so he won himself a unique place in American letters. Acclaimed by writers as diverse as Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein, Grant's memoirs demonstrate the intelligence, intense determination,

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Faced with cancer and financial ruin, the Civil War's greatest general and former president, Ulysses S. Grant wrote his personal memoirs to secure his family's future. In doing so he won himself a unique place in American letters. Acclaimed by writers as diverse as Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein, Grant's memoirs demonstrate the intelligence, intense determination, and laconic modesty that made him the Union's foremost commander. Personal Memoirs is devoted almost entirely to his life as a soldier. For their directness and clarity, his writings on war are without rival in American Literature.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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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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**** Reprint of the 1885-86 edition (cited in BCL3) with a selection of Matthew Brady photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140437010
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
390,741
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.72(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the eighteenth president of the United States, graduated from West Point, fought in the Mexican War, and led the Union army to victory in the Civil War.

James M. McPherson, George Henry David Professor of History at Princeton University, is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom.

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Personal Memoirs 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Alan_Houston More than 1 year ago
The Barnes & Noble page for this book shows a photo of the cover of the COMPLETE Penguin edition of Grant's Memoirs, with an introduction and notes by James McPherson. That edition has a table of contents, footnotes, and an index. The Nook link on that page sends you a poorly photocopied library edition of ONLY volume two of Grant's Memoirs, with NO table of contents, no introduction, no index....simply some photocopied pages of volume two. Refund? Barnes & Noble does not provide refunds for Nook books. The only recourse if Barnes & Noble misrepresents an e-book is to sue in small claims court.
MJT More than 1 year ago
Outstanding…I have read other books on General Ulysses S. Grant, but there is nothing that tops reading his own account. I thoroughly was engrossed in his memoirs and although he recorded these words over 120 years ago, I found it fascinating to read about the events he witnessed first-hand. I also found several comments from the General’s book that I feel are relevant today. For instance, he says, “No political party can or ought to exist when one of its cornerstones is opposition to freedom of thought and to the right to worship God ‘according to the dictate of one’s own conscience,’ or according to the creed of any religious denomination whatever.” It was interesting to read about the media of the time in which the General lived and to consider the media of today—has it really changed? For instance, the General related how the Southern press, during the war, always promoted their army and insisted battles were southern victories, even if they weren’t. In contrast, speaking of the Northern Press, the General stated the following, “The Northern press, as a whole, did not discourage these claims; a portion of it always magnified rebel success and belittled ours, while another portion, most sincerely earnest in their desire for the preservation of the Union and the overwhelming success of the Federal armies, would nevertheless generally express dissatisfaction with whatever victories were gained because they were not more complete.” Later, when speaking about the press, during his travels following the Civil War, the General recorded the following, “Correspondents of the press were ever on hand to hear every word dropped, and were not always disposed to report correctly what did not confirm their preconceived notions, either about the conduct of the war or the individuals concerned in it”. As a retired military member, I also found the following comment General Grant made out of respect in regards to General Meade, whom he superseded when taking total Command of all the Federal armies, he stated, “It is men who wait to be selected, and not those who seek, from whom we may always expect the most effective service.” Lastly, I personally have great admiration for President Lincoln, and still believe he was our greatest President, with the exception of President Washington, and reading General Grant’s words on President Lincoln re-enforced my belief. General Grant said of President Lincoln, “I knew his goodness of heart, his generosity, his yielding disposition, his desire to see all people of the United States enter again upon the full privileges of citizenship with equality among all.” This is a great book and I highly encourage those who want to understand more of our nation’s history and what it was like when it was being torn apart from someone who lived it and played a key role—General and later, President Grant!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best historical memoirs I have ever read. You get the opportunity to experience the joy of victory and the agony of defeat. Grant also shares with you his love and concerns for all the troops under his command. He shares a great respect for his enemy combatents and hates the idea of this entire conflict.
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