"One of the most unflinching studies of war in our literature." --William McFeeley
Among the autobiographies of great military figures, Ulysses S. Grant's is certainly one of the finest, and it is arguably the most notable literary achievement of any American president: a lucid, compelling, and brutally honest chronicle of triumph and failure. From his frontier boyhood to his heroics in battle to the grinding poverty from which the Civil War ironically "rescued" him, these memoirs are a mesmerizing, deeply moving account of a brilliant man, told with great courage as he reflects on the fortunes that shaped his life and his character. Written under excruciating circumstances (as Grant was dying of throat cancer), encouraged and edited from its very inception by Mark Twain, it is a triumph of the art of autobiography.
The books in the Modern Library War series have been chosen by series editor Caleb Carr according to the significance of their subject matter, their contribution to the field of military history, and their literary merit.
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Review: Personal MemoirsUser Review - Dev - Goodreads
Grant was mannered. business like, and without much sentiment. In many respects this doesn't make for interesting reading. His handling of the minutiae of battle is impressive but hardly illuminating ... Read full review
Review: Personal MemoirsUser Review - Christopher Shay - Goodreads
This book reads a great deal like a military report. Probably because it's exactly that. But, dry as it is, the material is excellent, compelling, and told with great clarity. And every once in a ... Read full review