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Memoirs and Selected Letters by Ulysses S. Grant
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Dec 22, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: biography, history, memoir

Grant's Memoirs were on my 'to read' shelf for about a decade, so I'm glad to finally get to it. As a lover of history, I found Grant's account of the Civil War is invaluable. As a lover of literature, I found it well written, engrossing, and deserving of the praise that has been heaped upon it. There are some slower moments, and I was a little lost at times (an edition with a map would have helped and it took me a while to get used to military terms and descriptions of troop movements). At the time of writing, the southern re-write of Grant's legacy was already under way, and Grant refutes much of the criticism against him very well, but only as it related to his prosecution of the war. I would have gladly kept reading if only he had lived long enough to include his presidency in a third volume.
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