John F. Marszalek is W. L. Giles Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, and Executive Director and Managing Editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Association's U. S. Grant Presidential Library, at Mississippi State University.
If Mark Twain called Grant's Memoirs 'a great, unique and unapproachable literary masterpiece, ' The Complete Annotated Edition is its 'unique' companion. Renowned Civil War historian John Marszalek and his team of editors are owed our gratitude. Their annotated edition will increase appreciation among both longtime admirers and a new generation discovering why Grant is winning his deserved place among American leaders.--Ronald C. White, author of American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
As the first fully annotated edition of Ulysses S. Grant's Personal Memoirs, this fine volume leaps straight onto the roster of essential reading for anyone even vaguely interested in Grant and the Civil War. The book is deeply researched, but it introduces its scholarship with a light touch that never interferes with the reader's enjoyment of Grant's fluent narrative. John F. Marszalek and the folks at the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library are building a formidable array of books illuminating many aspects of the general's life. --Ron Chernow, author of Grant
The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant provides leadership lessons that can be obtained nowhere else...Ulysses Grant in his Memoirs gives us a unique glimpse of someone who found that the habit of reflection could serve as a force multiplier for leadership.-- (12/01/2017)
Ron Chernow's Grant has been a national bestseller, deservedly so, but we think that the new edition of The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, edited and annotated [by] John F. Marszalek[, ] should share that spotlight. Possibly the best presidential memoir written, annotations by Marszalek with David Nolen and Louis Gallo illuminate and contextualize the memoir for the modern reader.-- (12/30/2017)
A worthy capstone to compliment the now completed thirty-two volume The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant...Marszalek, et. al., have done a thorough job in annotating Grant's text...Readers of this well-constructed and highly recommended edition of Grant's Memoirs will not fail to appreciate the man's modesty, but they should also keep in mind that under that modesty lay a cold-blooded willingness to keep right on.-- (02/01/2018)
[R]espect for Grant can only be reinforced by reading...The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. This is the best presidential memoir written, once earning praise from no less than Mark Twain... Grant wrote in a clear and logical style, much as he issued orders, which brings the day-to-day challenges and tremors of war to his readership with never a suggestion of embellishment.-- (06/09/2018)