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Memoirs and Selected Letters by Ulysses S. Grant
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Aug 06, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: presidents, biography-memoir, war
Read in November, 2008

Warning: This is not for everyone. Grant's memoir glazes over his upbringing and provides details on the Mexican-American War. Then it glazes some more until the start of the Civil War. Sit back and get ready for mind-numbing detail. If you are interested in more than cursory information about the Civil War, this is awesome. If not, don't bother. Grant comes across as being forthright and tries to give as full a picture as possible. He is fairly generous to most of his contemporaries (though he implies several times that Lee gets more credit than he deserves). His praise for Lincoln, Sheridan, and Sherman borders on a four-star crush.

I thought it was interesting how the man spent 8 years as president, but gives the office only a passing mention in his memoir. The memoir ends after his description of Appomattox and a general recounting of aftermath of the war.

Some advice to enhance your experience: Read this with a map handy.

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