Synopses & Reviews
"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.
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).
About the Author
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.