Grant's Final Victory by Charles Flood
Ulysses S. Grant's Heroic Last Year

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Shortly after losing all of his wealth in a terrible 1884 swindle, Ulysses S. Grant learned he had terminal throat and mouth cancer. Destitute and dying, Grant began to write his memoirs to save his family from permanent financial ruin.

As Grant continued his work, suffering increasing pain, the American public became aware of this race between Grant’s writing and his fatal illness. Twenty years after his respectful and magnanimous demeanor toward Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, people in both the North and the South came to know Grant as the brave, honest man he was, now using his famous determination in this final effort. Grant finished Memoirs just four days before he died in July 1885.

Published after his death by his friend Mark Twain, Grant’s Memoirs became an instant bestseller, restoring his family’s financial health and, more importantly, helping to cure the nation of bitter discord. More than any other American before or since, Grant, in his last year, was able to heal this—the country’s greatest wound.

 

About Charles Flood

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Charles Bracelen Flood is the author of twelve previous books, including the bestselling Lee: The Last Years and Grant and Sherman, which Salon.com named one of the "Top 12 Civil War Books Ever Written." He lives in Kentucky.
 
Published October 11, 2011 by Da Capo Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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A lucid, often somber account of the sad but noble decline of Ulysses S. Grant.

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New York Journal of Books

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“What an inspiring story; and so well told. I could not put it down, despite knowing the ending. Anyone interested in the Civil War Era should read Grant’s Final Victory.”

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New York Journal of Books

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“What an inspiring story; and so well told. I could not put it down, despite knowing the ending. Anyone interested in the Civil War Era should read Grant’s Final Victory.”

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Star Tribune

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Without the encouragement of Mark Twain, Grant might never have finished his book. Flood's recounting is breathlessly exciting and steeped in history.

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The Washington Times

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The "Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant," covering Grant's years as commanding general of the Union Army during the Civil War and his two-term presidency, has been justifiably acclaimed as one of the best books of its genre, on a par with Julius Caesar's "Commentaries." The back story of the me...

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Deseret News

Grant in his latest work, "Grant's Final Victory: Ulysses S.

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Chron.com

“On December 23, 1857,” Flood writes, “He had pawned his gold watch for $22 to buy Christmas presents for Julia and their children.” In the end, Grant succeeded at nothing in life except saving his country and writing one of the great books in American literature.

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Acton Institute

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