Read an electronic edition of Ulysses Grant's famous Personal Memoirs, a 19th-century bestseller. Battling terminal throat cancer, Grant raced to complete his account of the Civil War.
Thousands of Civil War veterans interested in reading the general's description of wartime events created an instant market for the book. Grant's straightforward writing made for a compelling story. These factors, along with the heroic circumstances under which the memoirs were written, elevated Grant's reputation.
In 1896, just over a decade after Grant's death, The Century magazine wrote of the memoirs, "when true greatness has put itself on record, the grave becomes but the portal of a new earthly existence; thereafter it serves mankind as a standard of duty and character."
Grant's Personal Memoirs is available in PDF format. PDF (portable document format) allows you to view and print the memoirs.
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West that still endures today.
A wry philosophical essay on what makes baseball the great American pastime.
President Woodrow Wilson lead America during World War I, created the Federal Reserve, and helped create the League of Nations. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
Originally settled as a mail stop, Las Vegas changed from an Old West vacation town, to a mafia haven, to the "Atomic City" and "Sin City."
The six-part story of a frontiersman farmer and a wealthy Confederate slave-owner's daughter.
The life of the legendary photographer, known best for his black and white images of the wilderness of the American West.
The African American jazz composer and bandleader performed regularly at Harlem's Cotton Club, leaving a legacy in music.