"The best [memoirs] of any general's since Caesar." (Mark Twain, publisher of The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant)
What members say
- B. Weaver
Excellent Reading of One of the Most Important Books in US History
Peter Johnson’s Reading of The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant is second to none. Truthfully, my only complaints are that it was divided into three parts, each requiring a separate purchase when it could easily have been condensed to a single work (even the original printed book was published in only two volumes) and that the recording is divided into “chapters” (more correctly “tracks”) based apparently on length, as they do not correspond at all to the actual chapters as Grant wrote them. Otherwise, it is thoroughly enjoyable.
A must read /listen for every Civil War buff!
This is a comprehensive, honest, warm and at times amusing account of Grant's life and experiences till the end of the Civil.
At the end of his life Grant writes with a no nonsense and straightforwardness that speaks to the kind of character he was.
The descriptions of battles, why Grant made certain decisions and his opinions of events and commanders are extraordinarily detailed and it's wise to have a map on hand while listening so you can follow the action.
Grant has been largely deified in history but this book takes you back to the essence of the man, a person who never set out to be a hero, but rather, did what was necessary at time.
This book is a total treasure and we and very lucky it exists at all. It's a shame Robert E. Lee never wrote his.
If you're thinking of buying it, do it. You will not regret it.