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The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Part 3

Wilderness Campaign, Appomattox, Death of Lincoln (Unabr.)
Narrated by: Peter Johnson
Length: 9 hrs
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Former president Ulysses S. Grant fell on hard times in his dying days - his family’s fortunes decimated by Ponzi scheme investments - and the general’s last hope was that these memoirs might provide a small inheritance for his surviving wife and children. More than that, Grant’s memoirs remain among the most unique and insightful histories of 19th-century U.S. military campaigns, drawing on the author’s experiences in the Civil War and Mexican-American War. Fluid performer Peter Johnson captures the honest forthrightness and concise clarity that define Grant’s work in stark contrast to other Victorian military histories. Listeners are treated to Grant’s account of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, and his surprising indictment of American motives in the country’s war against Mexico.

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In his own captivating words, General Ulysses S. Grant describes the Wilderness Campaign, the almost anti-climactic surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. His depiction of the most crucial and hardest-fought battles of the Civil War, the near-disasters, and the bloody triumphs reveals a highly intelligent, profound, thinking man. Grant wrote his memoirs as he lay dying of cancer and completed the manuscript only a week before his death.
Public Domain (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

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"The best [memoirs] of any general's since Caesar." (Mark Twain, publisher of The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant)

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Excellent Reading of One of the Most Important Books in US History

Peter Johnson’s Reading of The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant is second to none. Truthfully, my only complaints are that it was divided into three parts, each requiring a separate purchase when it could easily have been condensed to a single work (even the original printed book was published in only two volumes) and that the recording is divided into “chapters” (more correctly “tracks”) based apparently on length, as they do not correspond at all to the actual chapters as Grant wrote them. Otherwise, it is thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Darren
  • 09-18-17

A must read /listen for every Civil War buff!

This is a comprehensive, honest, warm and at times amusing account of Grant's life and experiences till the end of the Civil.

At the end of his life Grant writes with a no nonsense and straightforwardness that speaks to the kind of character he was.

The descriptions of battles, why Grant made certain decisions and his opinions of events and commanders are extraordinarily detailed and it's wise to have a map on hand while listening so you can follow the action.

Grant has been largely deified in history but this book takes you back to the essence of the man, a person who never set out to be a hero, but rather, did what was necessary at time.

This book is a total treasure and we and very lucky it exists at all. It's a shame Robert E. Lee never wrote his.

If you're thinking of buying it, do it. You will not regret it.