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Personal Memoirs (Penguin Classics)

Grant, Ulysses S. Author

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Faced with failing health and financial ruin, the Civil War's greatest general and former president wrote his personal memoirs to secure his family's future - and won himself a unique place in American letters.

Devoted almost entirely to his life as a soldier, Grant's Memoirs traces the trajectory of his extraordinary career - from West Point cadet to general-in-chief of all Union armies. For their directness and clarity, his writings on war are without rival in American literature, and his autobiography deserves a place among the very best in the genre.

This Penguin Classics edition of Grants Personal Memoirs includes an indespensable introduction and explanatory notes by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James M. McPherson.

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Destitute and wracked by throat cancer, Ulysses S. Grant finished writing his Personal Memoirs shortly before his death in 1885. Today their clear prose stands as a model of autobiography. Civil War soldiers are often celebrated for the high literary quality of the letters they sent home from the front lines; Grant's own book is probably the best piece of writing produced by a participant in the War Between the States. Apart from Lincoln, no man deserves more credit for securing the Northern victory than Grant, and this chronicle of campaigns and battles tells how he did it. (The book also made a bundle of money for his family, which had been reeling from the failure of Grant's brokerage firm.) This is not an overview of the entire Civil War; as the North was beating the South on the third day of Gettysburg, for example, Grant was in Mississippi capturing Vicksburg. But it is a great piece of writing, one that can be appreciated even by readers with little interest in military history. --John J. Miller

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A digital reproduction of the first edition in two volumes, unabridged, originally published in 1885 by Samuel Clemens under the Charles L. Webster Company imprint. Included are illustrations, maps and correspondence between Grant and his staff and military colleagues. The CDROM is fully printable and text searchable. Easy to install Adobe Acrobat Reader included. System Requirements: Pentium processor-based personal computer Windows 95 or Windows NT Windows 3.1 16 MB of RAM available to Acrobat Reader 10 MB of available hard-disk space Macintosh and Power Macintosh Minimum Macintosh with a 68020 or greater processor, or Power Macintosh 12 MB of available hard-disk space Adobe Acrobat Reader

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