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Like so many men before him, Grant describes being pressured into a certain way of life by his father. He never aspired for a military career, but his father insisted on West Point Academy for his schooling. Grant takes us through the Mexican-American War, his short retirement after the war, and his involvement in the Civil War. He points out specific historical figures that directly lead to successes and failures in his military career.
Grant also immerses the listener in battle scenes that leave you visualizing an old western movie. His depiction of the war leaves an impression as he goes into deep details about the little parts of daily life in the military, like the food, supplies, and ammunition wagons that delivered their goods to them. Grant gives intellectual commentary on why he believes the Civil War happened, why the South was doomed from the beginning, and surprisingly, how they were all the better for it in the end.
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By Leslie Solomon on 12-06-16
British Pronunciation of Proper Nouns in America
Would you listen to Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant again? Why?
I am not certain, the book is very linear and fact based. On one hand it is apparent that Grant was not talented with rhetoric. On the other hand the book presents a wealth of knowledge and a prospective I wouldn't otherwise be exposed to.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator did an excellent job of elocution, and pronounced the names of many places phonetically correctly. However, in American English the spoken names of many places vary from the phonetically correct. American English is my primary language and I found this 'correct pronunciation' incredibly distracting and quite grating to hear the names like the Army of the Potomac, Maryland, and many other places pronounced in an atypical way. I don't begrudge the narrator, but I am spending a large percentage of this book thinking that's not the way we say that in America, as instead of to listening to content of the book.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Rebecca Troth on 09-21-16
Reader with an English accent?
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alastair Cameron?
Someone with an American accent. Hadn't realized I was downloading this version, read by a man who does not know how to pronounce U.S. cities, including the city where Grant lived before the war.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful