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"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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Ulysses S. Grant was, writes Geoffrey Perret, "the man who taught the army how to fight". Based on extensive research, Perret's biography explains more clearly than ever before how Grant's military genius triumphed as he created a new approach to battle. Woven through Perret's exploration of Grant as soldier and president is the author's portrait of the American hero as a person: Grant's frustrating studies at West Point, his courtship of Julia Dent, his days of poverty, which he spent building a lopsided house he called Hardscrabble, are all as fully presented as Perret's tactical analysis to make a "fast-paced, highly readable narrative" (James I. Robertson).

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Ulysses S. Grant, commander in chief of the Union forces during the final years of the Civil War and eighteenth president of the United States, was born on April 27, 1822, and died on July 23, 1885, less than one week after completing work on this book.

Caleb Carr is the bestselling author of the novels The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, as well as a critically acclaimed biography of an American mercenary, The Devil Soldier. He writes frequently on military history for The New York Times and MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, where he is a contributing editor.

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Gold Gato, March 7, 2014 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
Stunning. I thought Julius Caesar and Winston Churchill could write of war and leadership but Grant's memoirs blew me away. Written while he was dying in an effort to provide future funds for his family, the great American Civil War general created a classic review of his life in a style that reminded me of an old John Ford western. Stoic, efficient, self-effacing. My image of him changed, as I knew only of his victory in war and failure in politics.

They say that managers do the thing right, whereas leaders do the right thing. In this regard, Ulysses S. Grant fell under the latter banner. He was not a functionary. This makes his writing more focused, as he basically left his ego at the door. How he was able to do this with the pain of cancer, his body withering away...herculean.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375752285
Introduction:
Grant, Ulysses S.
Publisher:
Modern Library
Introduction by:
Perret, Geoffrey
Introduction:
Perret, Geoffrey
Author:
Grant, Ulysses S.
Author:
Perret, Geoffrey
Location:
New York :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Generals
Subject:
Grant, ulysses s. (ulysses simpson), 1822-188
Subject:
Grant, ulysses simpson, pres. u. s., 1822-188
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Generals -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-
Subject:
United States Biography.
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1999
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library War
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
9.20x6.12x1.48 in. 2.02 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Ulysses S. Grant was, writes Geoffrey Perret, "the man who taught the army how to fight". Based on extensive research, Perret's biography explains more clearly than ever before how Grant's military genius triumphed as he created a new approach to battle. Woven through Perret's exploration of Grant as soldier and president is the author's portrait of the American hero as a person: Grant's frustrating studies at West Point, his courtship of Julia Dent, his days of poverty, which he spent building a lopsided house he called Hardscrabble, are all as fully presented as Perret's tactical analysis to make a "fast-paced, highly readable narrative" (James I. Robertson).
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