Ulysses S. Grant: Memoirs & Selected Letters: Library of America #50

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Library Journal
Grant was old and in debt when he finally agreed to write a memoir of his military career. Because of his prominence in both the War with Mexico and the Civil War, Grant’s recollections of a generation of military leaders and the battles they fought were eagerly sought by readers. His clear, unadorned 1885 writing still reads well in the 21st century.

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While the complete writings of this pair of Civil Warriors would fill several shelves, the material contained in this two-volume boxed set offers a good selection of their letters and personal reminiscences. Though both of these men are certainly not the most inspirational figures of American history, as two of the paladins of the Union Army, however, Grant and Sherman offer firsthand insights into the waging of the war that cannot be found elsewhere. As historical documents, the significance of these papers is obvious, but the texts also score high points for the quality of the writing itself; Sherman's reflections were hailed by Mark Twain as ``a model narrative that will last as long as the language lasts.'' The hub of the material, of course, focuses on the war years, but Sherman's volume also contains memoirs of his pre-Civil War life in California, and unique to this edition is the inclusion of 175 of Grant's personal letters. More than a reprint of readily available material, these volumes include the same scrupulously detailed notes on the text by recognized scholars that make the Library of America editions superior to their predecessors. This fine set belongs in most history collections. Highly recommended.-- Michael Rogers, ''Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940450585
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Series: Library of America Series , #50
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1199
  • Sales rank: 231,866
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.11 (w) x 8.09 (h) x 1.45 (d)

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