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The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The Complete Annotated Edition

The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The Complete Annotated Edition


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Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs, sold door-to-door by former Union soldiers, were once as ubiquitous in American households as the Bible. Mark Twain and Henry James hailed them as great literature, and countless presidents credit Grant with influencing their own writing. This is the first comprehensively annotated edition of Grant's memoirs, clarifying the great military leader's thoughts on his life and times through the end of the Civil War and offering his invaluable perspective on battlefield decision making. With annotations compiled by the editors of the Ulysses S. Grant Association's Presidential Library, this definitive edition enriches our understanding of the pre-war years, the war with Mexico, and the Civil War. Grant provides essential insight into how rigorously these events tested America's democratic institutions and the cohesion of its social order.

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Ulysses S. Grant, born on April 27, 1822, was an acclaimed American military leader who served as the 18th president of the United States from 1869 till 1877. Before his presidency, Grant attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he later showcased his leadership skills as a commanding general during the American Civil War, where he led the Union Army to victory against the Confederacy, thus preserving the nation. Grant's presidency was characterized by his determination to reconcile the North and South, safeguard civil rights for recently freed slaves, and stabilize the nation's economy after the Civil War. However, his tenure was also marred by fiscal mismanagement and political scandals, leading to a controversial judgement of his administrative abilities and policies. After serving two terms as president, Grant retired from public life, shifting his focus to writing. His memoirs, "Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant," published posthumously, are recognized among the finest literary works of the genre, offering an in-depth view into his military career and presidency. He died on July 23, 1885, leaving behind a legacy of perseverance, leadership, and a dedication to national unity.

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