We wandered back into a fatal Alaskan odyssey and over the rainbow.We heard the echoes of shots that reverberated in America and around the world.We mingled with criminals, leaders, protesters, artists and athletes, many who forever changed their professions.
With the help of Mark Twain, the memoirs were an enormous commercial success when published after Grant died, on July 23, 1885, at an Adirondacks retreat.
Twain, by the way, was among the earliest members of the Lotos Club.
Toward the end of his life, when facing financial ruin — a result of misplaced faith in his investment advisers — he turned down charity from admirers and sought to secure his family’s future by writing his memoirs.
They are still regarded as the most literate, forthright memoirs of any major American military figure.
And we asked Anderson Cooper, Cory Booker, Dominique Dawes, Tom Brokaw and David H.
Petraeus whom from our archives they would dine with, and why. She was a global celebrity in the broadest sense, a woman of startling charisma who became famous when she married the heir to the English throne and even more famous when she divorced him and embarked on a life of her own.
“Lick ‘em tomorrow, though.” And he and his army did just that – all the way to Appomattox.
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I have long admired Grant and felt that some historians were unduly critical of him at various points in the last century (although more recent biographies have once again recognized his extraordinary qualities and how fortunate we were to have him in uniform during the Civil War, in particular).