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Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885)

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Foto taget av: Source: "Captains of the Civil War,"
by William Wood (New Haven, 1921)
(Project Gutenberg)

Verk av Ulysses S. Grant

The papers of Ulysses S. Grant (1971) 10 exemplar
The Vicksburg Campaign (2013) 3 exemplar
State of the Union Address (1869) 3 exemplar
Grant's Civil War (2011) 3 exemplar
Grant 1 exemplar

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American Historical Documents (1910) — Bidragsgivare — 754 exemplar
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The Civil War: The Second Year Told By Those Who Lived It (2012) — Bidragsgivare — 168 exemplar
The Civil War: The Third Year Told by Those Who Lived It (2013) — Bidragsgivare — 141 exemplar
Meeting of Minds: First Series (1978) — Subject — 57 exemplar
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 1990 (1990) — Author "Every one has his superstitions. . . ." — 14 exemplar
An Autobiography of America (1929) — Bidragsgivare — 4 exemplar


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The Complete Personal Memoirs of General Ulysses S. Grant is an autobiography of the President, known for its openness and insights. Mr. Grant wrote this memoir at the behest of Mark Twain, who also published it originally.

I read several books about U.S. Grant, my favorite was the recently published Grant by Ron Chernow but I enjoyed the rest as well. On a LibraryThing thread, I was recommended this book, which I’ve heard about often but finally decided to take the plunge and read it.

Former President Grant wrote this book while dying and hoped the residuals would provide for his family. He was correct, the book proved to be an enormous success, generating $450,000 ($13.5 million in 2023) to his family, and is still in print to this day. Maybe knowing he was on death’s door allowed Mr. Grant to be honest and open.

General Grant liked to show, not tell, what a tough guy he is, and he’s not afraid to toot his own horn. He is not one for pageantry, preferring a dusty private’s uniform to a fancy general one. He also doesn’t mince words about the Confederacy (“traitors” and “white trash”), or about the United State’s optimistic and progressive ideology. In this biography, he portrays himself as the “strong silent type” which we know from movies, and the biographies I read certainly agree.

I especially enjoyed reading about his relationship with General Sherman and Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Grant writes in direct and precise language, with a clear narrative.

It made me happy to see that Grant’s legacy is reevaluated and the misinformation about him being a drunk is being debunked. He was an alcoholic but had a tremendous support system from his wife and aide-de-camp which kept him straight.
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ZoharLaor | 1 annan recension | Dec 26, 2023 |
Both volumes worth $650. fine condition. First printing.
susangeib | 16 andra recensioner | Nov 2, 2023 |
This is a new edition of Grant’s memoir, one of the best memoirs of the Civil War and probably the best literary production by any president. It is an attractive book with new maps and illustrations, but many of the maps in the original edition have been removed, and you will almost certainly need to read this with an atlas (I used Craig Symond’s A Battlefield Atlas of the Civil War). The editor’s notes are extensive and one must sometimes read the work as if Grant’s text and the notes are two parallel books. Many of the notes are very helpful, e.g. what others had to say about Grant during the times that he covers so briefly - such as his two years in Detroit, and stories about Grant that he or others had told, but which he did not include in his memoir. In one such note, Samet tells us that Grant once described a time when he was under the command of John Frémont,

[Frémont] sat in a room in full uniform, with his maps before him. When you went in, he would point out one line or another in a mysterious manner, never asking you to take a seat. You left without the least idea of what he meant or what he wanted you to do.

Since the editor’s theme is examination of the memoir as a literary, not an historical work, her notes sometimes go far afield. And, while reading Grant’s memoir, I was not always that interested in seeing notes with long quotations from Catch-22, the Odyssey, or Shakespeare. On the other hand, there were instances where Grant, in his usual fashion, did not describe certain details of battle, and the editor has found other historical accounts, e.g. from the writings of ancient Rome, that correspond closely to the Civil War battle.
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markm2315 | Jul 1, 2023 |
I really appreciated this book. Grant goes through all his Civil War battles with commentary
Kate.Koeze | 1 annan recension | Apr 15, 2022 |



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