The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Part 2

  • by Ulysses S. Grant
  • Narrated by Peter Johnson
  • 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Covering the pivotal years 1861-1864, General Ulysses S. Grant leads us in his own words from Fort Sumter to his appointment as commander of all the armies of the North. Grant remembers his experiences with the key players of the day, takes us onto the battlefields, and recounts the twists and turns of fate. Grant was a failed peacetime soldier, failed farmer, failed woodcutter, failed bill collector, and 38-year-old clerk in a harness store in the spring of 1861. By 1864, he was directing all the Union forces.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Of the memoirs of his unlikely friend, Ulysses S. Grant, Mark Twain wrote, "The fact remains and cannot be dislodged that General Grant's book is a great, unique and unapproachable literary masterpiece... [The] style is at least flawless, and no man can improve upon it." Such is the general consensus surrounding this essential American tome, which was finished just days before Grant’s death and focuses on his Civil War years.
Performed in a mature, elegant voice and without flair by Peter Johnson - himself a Grant scholar, writer, and lauded audiobook performer - these poignant and often sad memoirs are the final exertions of a dying warrior whose hard-won conclusion rings a note of optimism that someday Federals and Confederates may live together in peace. Have we?

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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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Worth your time

Interesting read for the Civil War buff. The descriptions of battles gets dry at times. You do get a clear sense of how Grant's mind worked and why he did things the way he did. It made me re-evaluate my opinions of some of the Union generals, especially George Thomas, whom Grant characterizes as a procrastinator.
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- Bruce B.

Must read for Civil War buffs

What made the experience of listening to The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Part 2 the most enjoyable?

Yes, who better to write a book about the Civil War than Grant. I Recommend all three volumes of his book.


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- Norbert S. Matson

Book Details

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