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Personal memoirs of ulysses s grant first edition

Personal memoirs of ulysses s grant first edition

Personal memoirs of u. s. grant, part 1 (ulysses s. grant

The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant is an autobiography written by Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, and completed while he was dying of throat cancer in 1885. It focuses mostly on his military service during the Mexican–American War and the American Civil War. Mark Twain published the two-volume collection shortly after Grant’s death.
The general public, military historians,[3] and literary critics have all praised U. S. Grant’s Personal Memoirs.
[number four] Grant’s prose has been praised as shrewd, insightful, and powerful, and has received a lot of acclaim. He took on the identity of the noble Western hero, whose power lies in his integrity and forthrightness. He tells it as it is about his wars with both foreign Confederates and internal Army enemies. (5)
After his second term in office, Grant and his wife, Julia, went on a round-the-world trip in 1877, which left him low on cash. He was approaching 60 years old and looking for something to occupy his time. He moved to New York City the following year to start a company with his uncle, Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., and Ferdinand Ward, a young investor described by his great-grandson Geoffrey Ward as “a very plausible, friendly, unobtrusive, slender individual with a genius for finding older people and pleasing them, which he learned early on.” [number six]

Personal memoirs of u. s. grant (full audiobook) – part (1 of

On the front and back covers of each volume are gilt medallions. When talking about Charley Webster, Clemens said, “He liked to go through the numbers.” He liked to say that the gilt titles on the book backs took thirteen miles of gold leaf to print (Webster, p. 312). The medallions are replicas of the medal that was presented to Grant on December 17, 1863 by Joint Resolution of Congress in honor of the Mississippi Campaign. The medal includes a profile of Grant on the front and the Mississippi River on the back.
A book with cardboard sides and a fabric back that has been stitched or sewn. The board of saddle-stitched books is reinforced with muslin before being stitched. The boards of sewed books are guarded around the outer signatures, while the boards of side-stitched books are hinged.
Each volume has marbled pastedown end paper inside the front cover, followed by two blank fly pages. Bryan Cauley, the original owner, signed his name on the fly pages of both volumes of my collection of Memoirs.
A daguerreotype form of General Grant is covered by tissue paper on the following page. The tissue protects the daguerreotype and is narrower than the page (7.25” x 5.25”). The tissue paper is folded back into the spine to reveal the original daguerreotypes, as seen in Images 25 and 26. The daguerreotype picture on the right, opposite the daguerreotype, has bled through the tissue on to the title page in my Volume II.

Hw brands: “american ulysses: the journey of general grant

“Anyone even slightly interested in Grant and the Civil War should add this fine volume to their list of must-reads. The book is well-researched, but it does so in a light way that does not distract from the reader’s enjoyment of Grant’s fluent narrative.” —Ron Chernow, Grant author
Former Union soldiers sold Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs door-to-door, and they were once as popular in American homes as the Bible. They were praised as great literature by Mark Twain, Gertrude Stein, Henry James, and Edmund Wilson, and numerous presidents, including Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, credit Grant with shaping their own writing. Yet, until now, there has never been a well-annotated edition of these memoirs.
Ulysses S. Grant’s Personal Memoirs is the first annotated edition of Grant’s memoirs, clarifying the great military leader’s reflections on his life and times through the end of the Civil War and presenting his invaluable viewpoint on battlefield decision-making. Grant’s life and meaning are contextualized in an introduction, and lucid editorial commentary enables his voice and story to shine through. This definitive edition enriches our understanding of the pre-war years, the war with Mexico, and the Civil War with annotations collected by the editors of the Ulysses S. Grant Association’s Presidential Library. Grant offers useful insight into how these events put America’s political institutions and social order to the test.

Ron chernow on “grant” at the 2018 national book festival

This is one of three states for the original first edition, which is both popular and valuable to collectors. Just as Grant’s death was being mourned, Twain devised a unique marketing system to hit millions of veterans with a patriotic appeal. Thousands of agents scoured the North, following a script devised by Twain; many were veterans dressed in their old uniforms. 350,000 two-volume sets were sold, with prices ranging from $3.50 to $12. (depending on the binding). Each copy included what appeared to be a handwritten note from Grant himself, a note that has vexed booksellers ever since.
Grant’s widow Julia got around $450,000 in the end. It is still in print today and is generally regarded as the gold standard of the memoir genre, rivaled only by Eisenhower’s Crusade in Europe as the best memoir of any of our presidents.