"President Grant: Personal Memoirs" ranks with the greatest among the autobiographies of generals and presidents of the United States. Grant's autobiography is even more impressive in light of the circumstances in which it was created: Faced with terminal cancer, virtual bankruptcy, and a family he would leave without means of support, U. S. Grant took the advice of his publisher, Mark Twain, and went to work. He completed the manuscript for "President Grant: Personal Memoirs" in eleven months and died a week later, on July 23, 1885.
This book allows one to actually get inside the head of a competent and famous General that was a significant historical figure. He worked closely with Lincoln to win the Civil war with a clear moral compass. He identified the south as a “rebel state” and a military camp in that every man in the south between 18 and 57 were inscribed into the Southern Army. I maintained an astute footing in the overall strategy the North needed to win the war and maintain a viable political footing amount the Northern population fighting the Northern Press that spilled out false and damaging reports of war events. His description of the Mexican war is brilliant, true history from the trenches. And his view of Europe as a President after the war I quite surprising and astute. I couldn’t put it down, enthralling. Have a map of the states while reading, a map from the 1860 would be ideal.