Of the memoirs of his unlikely friend, Ulysses S. Grant, Mark Twain wrote, "The fact remains and cannot be dislodged that General Grant's book is a great, unique and unapproachable literary masterpiece... [The] style is at least flawless, and no man can improve upon it." Such is the general consensus surrounding this essential American tome, which was finished just days before Grant’s death and focuses on his Civil War years.
Performed in a mature, elegant voice and without flair by Peter Johnson - himself a Grant scholar, writer, and lauded audiobook performer - these poignant and often sad memoirs are the final exertions of a dying warrior whose hard-won conclusion rings a note of optimism that someday Federals and Confederates may live together in peace. Have we?
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"No American president has told his story as powerfully as Ulysses S. Grant." (William S. McFeely, historian)
Most don't know that this book (aside from the bible) was the most successful book sold in America DURING the 19th century, and that for that entire century, Grant was the most popular American among US citizens hitorically, more than even Abraham Lincoln.
This book, more than any other, has taught me to appreciate American History. I own it in hard copy as well, but have listened to the audio version three separate times. Grant has an amazingly easy to follow and interesting reading style. The book being proof-read by Mark Twain himself may have been an assist in that regard ;o).
Thanks, Audible. Loved the book!
This is justifiably praised as one of the classics of American literature and one of the best autobiographies ever written, but I found it impossible to listen to because it was so detailed in that I wanted to re-read certain sections and to have a map handy for frequent reference - both quite difficult in this format.
The production of this audio book was poor. There were several chapters that were repeated and likely some that are missing. After hearing the same chapter for the second and sometimes 3rd time, I just skipped to the next one and assume that some whole chapters were missing from the audio book. I have since downloaded from Audible another publisher's version Grant's memoirs that was not subdivided into three parts and am fully satisfied with that version.
It's a great story and am happy that I can now enjoy it as it was intended.
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