By Ulysses S. Grant
20 years after Appomattox, tormented by melanoma and facing financial spoil, Ulysses S. furnish wrote his Personal Memoirs to secure his family’s destiny. in doing so, the Civil War’s greatest general gained himself a distinct position in American letters. His character, intelligence, experience of goal, and straightforward compassion are glaring all through this vibrant and deeply relocating account, which has been acclaimed by way of readers as different asMark Twain, Matthew Arnold, Gertrude Stein, and Edmund Wilson. Annotated and whole with certain maps, conflict plans, and facsimiles reproduced from the unique variation, this volume offers an remarkable vantage at the such a lot bad, moving, and inexhaustibly attention-grabbing occasion in American history. included are 174 letters, lots of them to his spouse, Julia, which provide an intimate view in their affectionate and enduring marriage.
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