Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

by Ulysses S. Grant, Rod Paschall
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Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) by Ulysses S. Grant

After three deadly years of fighting, President Abraham Lincoln had seen a little progress in the West against the Confederacy, but in the main theater of operations, Virginia, the lines were almost exactly where they had been when the American Civil War started. The war was at a stalemate with northern public support rapidly fading. Then, Lincoln summoned General Ulysses S. Grant, victor of the Vicksburg campaign, to come East. In little over a year, America's most catastrophic armed conflict ended, the Union was preserved, and slavery was abolished. This book details how these triumphs were achieved and in the telling earned international acclaim as a superb example of an English-language personal chronicle.

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ISBN-13: 9781411428300
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Series: Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 864
Sales rank: 248,886
File size: 11 MB
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Ulysses S. Grant remains one of the giants in American history, revered and respected by his contemporaries, but viewed ever after as one of the country's most controversial figures. He graduated from West Point in 1843 and went on to have a successful military career before becoming the 18th President of the United States for two terms. These grand accomplishments stand in stark contrast with his failures. He became an alcoholic, a failed businessman, and the administration during his presidency is regarded as one of the most corrupt in U.S. history. While other prominent Americans look to publishing their recollections as a crowning event undertaken in the leisure of retirement, Grant had to write his 1885 memoir as a means to pay his debts and support his family.

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Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Joseph Chavez More than 1 year ago
great
Nug More than 1 year ago
Book gives commander's view of what happened by providing detailed information for the pivotal battles and not so much for the less strategic. Through all of this, Grant remains humble and gives credit to his staff and unit commanders - truly written by a US Army veteran in its finest tradition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe because it's in his own words, or maybe because he wrote nost of this while he was dying (an effort to leave money for his wife and children)' or maybe because Mark Twain (Samuel Clemmons) published this for him, or maybe for ALL these reason -- this book totally changed my view of US Grant. How so? The impressed society had doled out, generally, were "he was a drunkard", "a slob", " a failure at business", "near bottom of his class at West Point", "led a corrupt presidential administration", "made a mess of Reconstruction in the South" and on and on. The true story of US Grant is far deeper, more human, and practical. His childhood, his father, his moves, Illinois, militia, Mexican-American War, his loves, marriage, business failures, schooling, military success, his rise, his destiny -- take on a far greater clarity in this book. He becomes, truly, one of the greatest men of his time in a time of great men. Because of this book, I have developed a most kindly view towards US Grant and drew a tear at his passing within. I have come to understand that one of the reasons our Nation has achieved greatness (beyond all nations) is from the inspired lives of great Americans. This book is a MUST READ for any history enthusiast.
hdsumm More than 1 year ago
A well written detailed account of the Mexican and War of the States. The reader must be willing to wade through a lot of detail. There are many maps that illustrate the many battles - - they are so small that you cannot read the annotation. I woud think that the transcriber would have provided a method to zoom in on different areas.
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