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Early in 1885 Americans learned that General Grant was writing his Memoirs in a desperate race for time against an incurable cancer. Not generally known was the General’s precarious personal fi­nances, made so by imprudent invest­ments, and his gallant effort to provide for his family by his writing. For six months newspaper readers followed the dramatic contest, and the hearts of Americans were touched by the General’s last battle.

Grant’s last year was one of both per­sonal and literary triumph in the midst of tragedy, as Thomas M. Pitkin shows in this memorable and inspiring book. The Memoirs was completed; its remarkable literary quality made ita triumph. Ultimately more than 300,000sets of the two-volume work were sold. And Grant accepted the inevitable with quiet courage, and faded away in a manner sadly familiar to many American families.

Though told without maudlin touches, the story of Grant’s last year will leave few readers emotionally uninvolved, for itis an account of pain and suffering as well as mighty deeds, and truly deserves to be considered the General’s final victory.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. 7-9
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xix
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  1. 1. General Grant Becomes an Author
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. The General Is Stricken
  2. pp. 23-45
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  1. 3. Mount McGregor Becomes a Summer Resort
  2. pp. 46-56
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  1. 4. Last Days at Mount McGregor
  2. pp. 57-93
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  1. 5. The General Leaves the Mountain
  2. pp. 94-116
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  1. 6. The Cottage Becomes a Shrine
  2. pp. 117-129
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  1. Appendix: The Death of General Grant
  2. pp. 133-140
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 141-152
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  1. Bibliographical Note
  2. pp. 153-158
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 159-164
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  1. Back Cover
  2. p. 188
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780809386116
Related ISBN(s)
9780809306374, 9780809329762
MARC Record
OCLC
794701270
Pages
186
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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