I have heard it said, I know not with what degree of truth, that while the sale in America
of General Grant
's Personal Memoirs
has produced three hundred thousand dollars for. the benefit of his widow and family, there have not in England
been sold of the book three hundred copies.
Certainly the book has had no wide circulation here, it has not been much read or much discussed.
There are obvious reasons for this.
The book relates in great detail the military history of the American Civil War
, so far as Grant
bore part in it; such a history cannot possibly have for other nations the interest which it has for the United States
For the general reader outside of America
, it certainly cannot; as to the value and importance of the history to the military specialist, that is a question on which I hear very conflicting opinions expressed, and one on which I myself can