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.


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?


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

Most Helpful

Great book - Tough listen

This is justifiably praised as one of the classics of American literature and one of the best autobiographies ever written, but I found it impossible to listen to because it was so detailed in that I wanted to re-read certain sections and to have a map handy for frequent reference - both quite difficult in this format.
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- J. Howlett

Poor production - missing & repeated chapters

What disappointed you about The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Part 2?

The production of this audio book was poor. There were several chapters that were repeated and likely some that are missing. After hearing the same chapter for the second and sometimes 3rd time, I just skipped to the next one and assume that some whole chapters were missing from the audio book. I have since downloaded from Audible another publisher's version Grant's memoirs that was not subdivided into three parts and am fully satisfied with that version.

It's a great story and am happy that I can now enjoy it as it was intended.

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Book Details

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