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Charles

Winston Salem, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Grant's Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant's Heroic Last Year

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Charles Bracelen Flood
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Shortly after losing all of his wealth in a terrible 1884 swindle, Ulysses S. Grant learned he had terminal throat and mouth cancer. Destitute and dying, Grant began to write his memoirs to save his family from permanent financial ruin. As Grant continued his work, suffering increasing pain, the American public became aware of this race between Grant's writing and his fatal illness. Twenty years after his respectful and magnanimous demeanor toward Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, people in the North and the South came to know Grant, now using his famous determination in this final effort.

    Tad Davis says: "Great story, average narration"
    "A good read for a Southerner"
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    As a Southerner, I've read lots of books on Lee, Jackson, etc but none on Grant. This book changed my opinion of him somewhat. He seemed generous toward the South and respected by its military leaders and soldiers. I will have to read more about how he allowed Reconstruction and other divisive policies to happen if he was so about bringing union to the country. The first 5/6 of the book were excellent, the last 1/6 focused too much on his death process - although that was key to this book. I think I'll read more on Grant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3915)
    Performance
    (3486)
    Story
    (3505)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Awesome book"
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    So much history I did not know about Booth. Had no idea of the extent of the plot against Lincoln and the other members of his cabinet.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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