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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ulysses S. Grant Narrator: Robin Field Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Among the autobiographies of great military figures, Ulysses S. Grant’s is certainly one of the finest, and it is arguably the most notable literary achievement of any American president: a lucid, compelling, and brutally honest chronicle of triumph and failure. From his frontier boyhood, to his heroics in battle, to the grinding poverty from which the Civil War ironically rescued him, these memoirs are a mesmerizing, deeply moving account of a brilliant man told with great courage as he reflects on the fortunes that shaped his life and his character. Written under excruciating circumstances—Grant was dying of throat cancer—and encouraged and edited from its very inception by Mark Twain, it is a triumph of the art of autobiography.

Grant was sick and broke when he began work on his memoirs. Driven by financial worries and a desire to provide for his wife, he wrote diligently during a year of deteriorating health. He vowed he would finish the work before he died, and one week after its completion, he lay dead at the age of sixty-three.

Publication of the memoirs came at a time when the public was being treated to a spate of wartime reminiscences, many of them defensive in nature, seeking to refight battles or attack old enemies. Grant’s penetrating and stately work reveals a nobility of spirit and an innate grasp of the important facts, which he rarely displayed in private life. He writes in his preface that he took up the task “with a sincere desire to avoid doing injustice to anyone, whether on the National or the Confederate side.”

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Quotes & Awards

  •  “The best [memoirs] of any general’s since Caesar.”

    Mark Twain

  • “One of the most unflinching studies of war in our literature.”

    William McFeeley, Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer of Ulysses S. Grant

  • “A great piece of writing, one that can be appreciated even by readers with little interest in military history.”

    Amazon.com (editorial review)

  • “This volume, written while the author was on the verge of the grave...[is] written in a spirit of brotherly kindness towards all sections of his countrymen, gives us an entrance into the great captain’s mind, and allows us to look over the wild whirlpool of the war through his eyes...It is this which constitutes at once the great charm and the supreme value of this...addition to the literature of the war for the Union.”

    British Quarterly Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by L. Hager | 11/1/2013

    " I read the two volumes in one version edited by E.B.Long, skimming the detail of the many battles. Instead, looking for the many observation pearls and forgotten facts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mit | 2/28/2011

    " Read this during the first few months of my deployment to Afghanistan. Really well written with the boring history type book I expected from it. I need to read Sherman's Memoirs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill | 2/5/2011

    " Actually an amazing read...he had a lot of respect for his adversaries and a lot more compassion than we were taught. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 12/31/2010

    " It's always amazing to me how many people judge a person without reading his or her own words. This is Grant's story through his eyes- you may be surprised! "

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