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Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant (Complete in two volumes) by  Ulysses S Grant - First Edition - 1885 - from The Haunted Bookshop, LLC and Biblio.com

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant (Complete in two volumes)

by Grant, Ulysses S

Condition: Near Fine


New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885. Two volumes (published in 1885 and 1886), each with tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait and marbled page block edges, newly rebound in blind-tooled full calf with the original marbled endpapers and spine labels reapplied. The labels bear a little wear - one dark spot on the volume band of the second book, a wandering crack at the right edge of the volume band on the first book, and a few spots of gilt flaking - but remain bright and attractive. The pages of both volumes are clean except for one or two fingerprints in margins per volume; no ownership marks; a little mild toning in the margins, otherwise surprisingly bright; the fold-out reproduced letters in the first volume show tanning at the edges, a short, closed tear along one crease, and extra folding creases in four places, but the fold-out is otherwise intact; the facsimile at p. 497 in the second volume has a closed edge tear but is otherwise excellent, and the extended map at 632 has but one spot of foxing in the margin, otherwise lovely. Illustrated, primarily with maps, throughout both volumes; indexed in the second volume; 584pp. + 647pp.. First Edition. Full Leather. Near Fine.
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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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On Jul 12 2012, gsbookseller said:
  "Deservedly considered one of the best personal memoirs of the Civil War era by any high-ranking individual. Grant received help in the writing from mark Twain and one can see the influence of the humorist in multiple small vignettes.More endearing is the honest, straightforward treatment Grant makes of his own performance and decisions as well as his evaluations of others, on both sides of the conflict.Clearly he did not like Secretary of War Stanton but his treatment of Stanton, while enumerating the problems, also included an evaluation of Stanton's better features.It is this even-handedness, and the fact that Grant does not use his memoirs as a justification or a white-washing of his own mistakes that makes this a truly valuable tome.Grant made mistakes, he freely admits them and, on occasion, offers suggestions for what he could have done better and also illuminates that the war, command, and battle was a learning process for all involved. He talks about how mistakes he made early in the war were not repeated later and how others made the same growth, or were moved out of command positions.All in all an excellent read, well-written, balanced."

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