Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Volume One

May 4, 2014 - Comment

“Man proposes and God disposes.” There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice. Although frequently urged by friends to write my memoirs I had determined never to do so, nor to write anything for publication. In preparing these volumes for the public, I have entered upon

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“Man proposes and God disposes.” There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice. Although frequently urged by friends to write my memoirs I had determined never to do so, nor to write anything for publication. In preparing these volumes for the public, I have entered upon the task with the sincere desire to avoid doing injustice to anyone, whether on the National or Confederate side, other than the unavoidable injustice of not making mention often where special mention is due.

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Candace Scott says:

A masterpiece of American literature General Grant wrote this book while dying of throat cancer. He had been swindled by a dishonest Wall Street Broker and his trophies and possessions were stripped from him to satisfy the demands of his debtors. Bankrupt, suffering from a terminal illness and never passing a moment without acute pain, he produced this magnificent monument to his greatness. Those who denigrate Grant as a drunkard, butcher, bumbling President need to read this book in order to correct these errant assumptions. It is impossible to read this book and not realize that Grant was an inordinately intelligent man and one hell of a writer.Grant’s Memoirs are a deserved classic in American literature and considered the greatest military Memoirs ever penned, exceeding Caesar’s Commentaries. Grant wrote as he lived: with clear, concise statements, unembellished with trivialities or frivolities. The only “criticism” the reader might have is that Grant bent over backwards not to wound the feelings of…

L. Lawson says:

Amazing Memoir President Grant wrote this memoir near the end of his life and it was a huge success, selling enough copies to help his family financially after he was gone. He does an excellent job of describing his improbably rise to success in the Union Army during the Civil War.For those of us who know nothing about warfare, his description of the campaigns will be real eye-openers. In this age of instant communications, we don’t often think about the logistical problems of coordinating an attack. If you arrange an attack at a particular time of day, you can’t rely on accurate watches. For one assault, his written instructions were for another general to attack an army from the other side when they heard his army open fire. Distance, a trick of the wind, and fog can all prevent the other army from hearing the fighting.He also goes into detail about the huge logistical efforts involved in his campaigns. He spends considerable time addressing the belief that the South…

random observer "random observer" says:

An American Classic 0

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