Grant and twain book summary

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Grant and Twain: The Story of an American Friendship by Mark Perry

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IMAX: Mark Twain's America

As changes in fortune go, the swings experienced by Ulysses S. Grant during the final chapters of his life are somewhat legendary.

BOOK REVIEW

When people speak of the ''weight of history,'' I am not moved. The weight of history books is another matter. Crushed many a night under the poundage of or densely footnoted pages, I have longed for a work of history that would provide more of a mental exercise than a physical one. Hope stirred at the arrival of ''Grant and Twain,'' by Mark Perry. It is Audrey Hepburn slim -- a mere pages -- and each of those pages is used to tell just this story and not 10 others besides. It helps that the tale Perry has chosen is a good one, indeed a moving and memorable one, and it also helps that he tells this history in a voice that is amiable and inviting.

Ulysses S. Grant was not the only president to write his memoirs. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon Johnson wrote theirs also. Can you think of others?

Questions and Topics for Discussion

The Civil War general and former U. Experience the historic Mark Twain come to life again to talk about his life, philosophies, and vision which made him the unique personality and writer known throughout the world. While working with Grant, Twain conceived of the ending to Huckleberry Finn. Grant, Mark Twain. The arrival of the famous author caused the usual stir— but then Twain took off his overcoat to reveal a " snow- white" tailored suit and scandalized the room. This book is a wonderful introduction to both Grant and Twain and their works.

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