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  1. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    My Grant crush continues unabated. No apologies.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ginny

    I’m quite a fan of the remarkable U.S. Grant! I’ve read Chernow’s biography, which was excellent, followed by the even better Personal Memoirs written by Grant. Next up a Grant biography by White. These are all sided letters, all to Julia. But, they are not every letter as is evident within the letters, and there are vast gaps. Either the letters weren’t preserved, Grant and Julia were together, or he wasn’t writing to her. Its a little frustrating to know we are missing something, something los I’m quite a fan of the remarkable U.S. Grant! I’ve read Chernow’s biography, which was excellent, followed by the even better Personal Memoirs written by Grant. Next up a Grant biography by White. These are all sided letters, all to Julia. But, they are not every letter as is evident within the letters, and there are vast gaps. Either the letters weren’t preserved, Grant and Julia were together, or he wasn’t writing to her. Its a little frustrating to know we are missing something, something lost forever. Also. the editor doesn’t give any real sort of context for things, which is unfortunate. For example Grant continues an unmemorialized discussion with Julia in which he mentions that Julia has asked if he will accept the house in Chicago. Unless you remember your Grant history well, this part of Grant’s letter is confusing. Not contained in the letter is that the war is ending. Grant is a national hero. And, cities everywhere were trying to lure Grant to settle there at war’s end. A few places were even offering entirely furnished homes to be owned by Grant for free. The book is really the poorer for not providing the all important context of what was going own outside the letters but was front and center of what Grant was doing every day. Still, these letters are a must read for anyone who wants a finer grasp of this most remarkable man - a savior of our nation, standing second only to his commander in chief. A note on the book itself. It is published by Library of America (you’ve likely seen those familiar black book jackets) which has a wonderful mission of ensuring the preservation and keeping in print our nation’s most significant written words. We need you! But, this book, while hardcover was published in "perfect binding" - a horrible binding method which is anything but perfect. I’ve now decided that I’m going to purchase only books with sewn bindings. Publishers seem to charge the same for hardcover regardless of sewn or glued, but there is no comparison in quality. The Grant book was impossible to keep open and annoyingly uncomfortable to read because of its glued binding. With Library of America’s mission to be publishing books that are worthy of preservation, the glued binding misses the mark. As a contrast, the pages are high quality, thick in a little off-white, in. Very crisp readable font. Well done there. We all should really be paying more attention to the quality of the binding in the books we read. For example, the new Michelle Obama book which retails for almost $30, is a cheap glued binding - it also skimped with mediocre quality pages. Same for the large newer Dalleck biography on FDR - also an expensive book. And being 900 pages, that glued binding might not even last one read. A glued binding is nothing better than a cheap paperback with cardboard covers. It should cost a few cents more than a paperback. Publishers and writers are laughing all the way to the bank when we pay top dollar for a cheap glued binding and they charge us a price equal to that of a sewn binding. We need to demand better. (Rant over!) :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sandybear76

    letters written Ulysses S. Grant to his financee'/wife over the years. He was writing to Julia while he served in the Mexican War and in the Civil War. Only letters from him to her. At first, he wrote to her asking her to still marry him when he came back, and later he wrote to her to give kisses to the kids, don't spend the money he sent in an earlier letter, and come/don't come to visit him during the Civil War with/without their kids. letters written Ulysses S. Grant to his financee'/wife over the years. He was writing to Julia while he served in the Mexican War and in the Civil War. Only letters from him to her. At first, he wrote to her asking her to still marry him when he came back, and later he wrote to her to give kisses to the kids, don't spend the money he sent in an earlier letter, and come/don't come to visit him during the Civil War with/without their kids.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angela Hursh

    I love old letters. And these are fascinating, but also repetitive. He says the same thing all the time as he's courting her, and she never seems to write him back. Did she really love him? You can see him mature over time in his letters to her after they are married, but again, they're very repetitive. Still, for historians, it's a good read. I love old letters. And these are fascinating, but also repetitive. He says the same thing all the time as he's courting her, and she never seems to write him back. Did she really love him? You can see him mature over time in his letters to her after they are married, but again, they're very repetitive. Still, for historians, it's a good read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jerome Lafayette

    A nice and very small book at 166 pages reproducing Ulysses S. Grant's many letters to his wife Julia. It is well known by this time that Grant, among his many other attributes, was also a compelling and eloquent writer. This trait is always on display in the reports and directives he issued as a General during the war, documents that were subsequently reproduced in the exhaustive War of the Rebellion series. And of course, it goes without saying that Grant's ultimate memoirs, written as he near A nice and very small book at 166 pages reproducing Ulysses S. Grant's many letters to his wife Julia. It is well known by this time that Grant, among his many other attributes, was also a compelling and eloquent writer. This trait is always on display in the reports and directives he issued as a General during the war, documents that were subsequently reproduced in the exhaustive War of the Rebellion series. And of course, it goes without saying that Grant's ultimate memoirs, written as he neared death in the mid-1880s, comprise the greatest first-person military history most likely ever written. All of his talents in putting down on paper his thoughts and emotions are much more touchingly revealed in these letters to the ever-supportive Julia. My only complaint about this particular collection is that letters written after the war, especially during Grant's frustrating service in the Johnson Administration, weren't also included.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    OK, I am a sap but under the cover of a General. This is a wonderful Library of America collection of more than 80 letters as the title describes. The letters from Julia have not survived. The early Grant longs for more letters from his beloved. During the first four years while they were engaged, they could only meet once. He frequently wanted approval from Julia's parents who were unconvinced about her marrying a soldier. The Grants were also concerned because Julia was a slave holder even at t OK, I am a sap but under the cover of a General. This is a wonderful Library of America collection of more than 80 letters as the title describes. The letters from Julia have not survived. The early Grant longs for more letters from his beloved. During the first four years while they were engaged, they could only meet once. He frequently wanted approval from Julia's parents who were unconvinced about her marrying a soldier. The Grants were also concerned because Julia was a slave holder even at the start of the civil war and her father was sympathetic to the Southern cause. Grant was solid and cool under battle but his passion is revealed in these letters even with the restraint toward his wife.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pablo

    I am a big admirer of Grant, so I appreciated this collection of letters that he wrote his beloved wife Julia while he was away serving with the army. On the whole, however, I didn't feel that they provide any great insight into the man, at least beyond what we already know (such as his devotion to Julia and his kids). But the letters are what they are, and we have to take them that way. The book suffers more from the fact that there are no letters from Julia, and from the failure of the editors I am a big admirer of Grant, so I appreciated this collection of letters that he wrote his beloved wife Julia while he was away serving with the army. On the whole, however, I didn't feel that they provide any great insight into the man, at least beyond what we already know (such as his devotion to Julia and his kids). But the letters are what they are, and we have to take them that way. The book suffers more from the fact that there are no letters from Julia, and from the failure of the editors to provide any context or background for many of the letters. Worth reading if you are a Grant fan or Civil War buff.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tom Johnson

    absolute gem of a book. Adds a great deal to realizing Grant's humanity. The tenth book on my Grant shelf. Its value surprised me a tad. This sentence cracked me up, "We have an old woman about fifty years old to cook for us" In Grant's defense, back in the 1840s anyone, man or woman, who had attained fifty years was old...bigly. Of course, life was much rougher for the women. I'll be 72 shortly. oi vey. I really need to visit Galena. absolute gem of a book. Adds a great deal to realizing Grant's humanity. The tenth book on my Grant shelf. Its value surprised me a tad. This sentence cracked me up, "We have an old woman about fifty years old to cook for us" In Grant's defense, back in the 1840s anyone, man or woman, who had attained fifty years was old...bigly. Of course, life was much rougher for the women. I'll be 72 shortly. oi vey. I really need to visit Galena.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I was intrigued by Grant’s letters to his wife when I heard about this book in a podcast. I was disappointed with how whiny he comes off in most of the letters — nagging almost nonstop for her to write to him more often, even trying to guilt her about it. Not super romantic :-/

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mike Panton

    Easy, entertaining read. One of my favorite ways to learn about history is by reading things from that time period. This books gives a unique look into Grant's life, but also the time period and the wars. Easy, entertaining read. One of my favorite ways to learn about history is by reading things from that time period. This books gives a unique look into Grant's life, but also the time period and the wars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    This slim volume belongs on the shelf right next to Grant's Memoirs. The compact size makes it an ideal book to read on the go. The letters selected reveal a man of great depth of character. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Civil war historiana. This slim volume belongs on the shelf right next to Grant's Memoirs. The compact size makes it an ideal book to read on the go. The letters selected reveal a man of great depth of character. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Civil war historiana.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Becky With The Good Hair

    Second time reading and I still enjoy the history of his everyday life. I do wish Julia's letters were around to publish. Second time reading and I still enjoy the history of his everyday life. I do wish Julia's letters were around to publish.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Caudill

    Such sweet letter I love all the sweet words between Grant and his wife. It also gives great insight into his mind and some key battles. I highly recommend the quick read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wang

    Exactly as advertised. Covered a lot by Chernow’s book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy D Lucas

  16. 4 out of 5

    James Stevens

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Testa

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Higgins

  21. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jean Oren

  23. 4 out of 5

    willoughby

  24. 5 out of 5

    Devon

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julianna

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adam McDade

  27. 5 out of 5

    J.W.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Larry Shackley

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tara Catogge

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

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