Horace Porter offers an intimate portrait of Grant from an aide who served on the general’s staff during the second half of the Civil War. The book is the source of many common anecdotes about and quotes from Grant.
The writing is as good as the pictures in this coffee-table book of eye-catching photos and illustrations of Grant, his family, the war, enslaved people, and more.
The story of how Twain helped Grant publish his memoirs has been told elsewhere, but gets more detail here. More interesting is the book’s account of how Grant helped Twain.
John Keegan is a military historian who believes that no one style of leadership is successful across time, and that Grant was the right general for the dawn of the era of democratic and technological warfare.