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Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) was the best known Union general of the Civil War and a former president of the United States when he learned that he had terminal cancer in the mid-1880s. Grant had already been swindled by a fraudulent business deal, leaving him basically penniless. Facing a destitute death, and with his family suffering financial difficulties, Grant set about writing personal memoirs that would not only secure his legacy but also provide for his family. Grant finished his memoirs just a few days before his death, but he wrote what is almost universally considered to be the best memoirs of the Civil War and one of the best personal memoirs ever written. Grants Memoirs, published by Mark Twain, sold over 300,000 copies, earning the Grant family over 450,000. Twain promoted the book as "the most remarkable work of its kind since the Commentaries of Julius Caesar." Grants memoirs are a must read for anyone interested in the Civil War, as he gives a comprehensive description and sober assessment of his actions and the actions of others on both sides of the fighting. This original edition of Grants Personal Memoirs is illustrated with the original editions illustrations and includes a table of contents for easier navigation.

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