The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant: Part 1: The Early Years, West Point, Mexico

  • by Ulysses S. Grant
  • Narrated by Peter Johnson
  • 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States and commander of the Union forces in the Civil War, tells the story of his life in his own words. In this opening volume, Grant covers his early years, including his time at the U.S. military academy at West Point and his service during the Mexican War under Zachary Taylor. Grant wrote his memoirs in order to rescue his family from debt and they were published as he lay dying of throat cancer. Today, they are an American classic.


Audible Editor Reviews

According to many historians, Ulysses S. Grant’s accomplishments as the 18th president of the United States were surpassed by his deeds as a Civil War general and a writer. In The Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant: Part One: The Early Years, West Point, Mexico Grant’s literary gifts are displayed as he speaks about his military campaigns.
First published in 1885, this book covers Grant’s childhood and military training. Many listeners will take greater interest in passages on the Civil War. Grant writes about these military campaigns with eye-opening detail and offers his insights on contemporaries like Abraham Lincoln and General Sherman.
With a deep, resonant voice reminiscent of a newscaster, Peter Johnson intones Grant’s words with authority.


What the Critics Say

"No American president has told his story as powerfully as Ulysses S. Grant." (William S. McFeely, historian)


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Customer Reviews

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U.S Grant: A Man of Intelligence and Dignity

The memoirs (all three parts) increased my respect for Grant, who emerges in his memoirs as a man of exceptional honesty, intelligence, and genuine concern for his fellow humans. It makes me feel good about my country to learn how much Grant despised slavery while he always shows respect where respect is due, even for his opponents. As for the reading, it was well done, but somehow I missed the tone of Grant's own voice. I guess I would like an Illinois voice (being a fellow Illinoisian) or even a Mark Twain voice rather than the very cultivated voice of this reader.
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- Robert W. Gillespie

Personal Memoirs of USGrant Part 1

Not professional in terms of writing style but excellent in getting a glimpse of the person writing... simple - straight forward - matter of fact. This must have been the style of a humble yet successful general.
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- John Moore

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books