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By Brady Carlson

An pleasing exploration into the death tales of our nation’s maximum leaders—and the wild methods we decide to recollect and memorialize them.

To public radio host and reporter Brady Carlson, the weighty obligations of being president by no means finish. As Carlson sees it, the useless presidents (and the methods we have in mind them) let us know very much approximately ourselves, our heritage, and the way we think our previous and destiny. For American presidents, there's existence after death—it’s a little bit weird.

In Dead Presidents, Carlson takes readers on an epic journey to presidential gravesites, monuments, and memorials from sea to shining sea. With a fascinating mixture of historical past and modern reporting, Carlson recounts the extraordinary foundation tales of the Washington Monument, Mount Rushmore, Grant’s Tomb, and JFK’s everlasting Flame. He explores even if William Henry Harrison rather died of a chilly, how the assassin’s bullet won't were what killed James A. Garfield, and why Zachary Taylor’s continues to be have been exhumed a hundred and forty years after he died. And he explains the unusual afterlives of the presidents, together with why “Hooverball” continues to be performed in Iowa, why Millard Fillmore’s ultimate resting position is subsequent to that of funk legend Rick James, why “Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?” grew to become a operating gag for Groucho Marx, why Ohio and Alaska fought for therefore lengthy over the identify of Mt. McKinley (now often called Denali), and why we exalt lifeless presidents not only with public statues and iconic work yet with kitschy wax dummies, Halloween costumes, and bobblehead dolls.

With an infectious ardour for historical past and a mind for ignored locations and offbeat characters resembling Tony Horwitz and Sarah Vowell, Carlson exhibits that the methods we memorialize our presidents demonstrate as a lot approximately us because it does in regards to the males themselves.

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Nor did he do any systematic reading, though among his bills for the first term is an item for £20 17s. 6d. for books. But he was busily writing verses. At the end of the term he returned to London, but with no ready cash in his pocket he did not remain long. Against his strongest inclinations he set out for Southwell. Quarrels with his mother were inevitable. He escaped as often as he could across the green to the Pigots~ where he had made a fast friend of Elizabeth's brother John, on vacation from his study of medicine at Edinburgh.

When his mother, piqued by his comments on Lord Grey, told him one day that his childhood sweetheart Mary Duff was married, he was nearly thrown into convulsions. The disenchantments of the past year had brought to the surface an adolescent cynicism in the growing boy, a transparent cloak for wounded vanity. After offering Augusta his sympathy for her distress (her uncle General Leigh was putting obstacles in the way of her marriage to his son), he a,dded: "But really, after all (pardon me my dear Sister), I feel a little inclined to laugh at you, for love, in my humble opinion, is utter nonsense, a mere jargon of compliments, romance, and deceit .

In a short while the young lord was happily settled as a nobleman on his country estate. " With a generous hand he dealt out largess to his relations in Nottingham. On November 8 he addressed his aunt, Mrs. " • And he sent a young rabbit to Mrs. Parkyns, a friend of his aunt. The next year he was staying with the Parkyns family in Nottingham, where he was receiving treatments from Lavender, a practitioner who called himself a surgeon, and who apparently tried to straighten the boy's deformed foot by rubbing it with oil and screwing it up in a machine that gave the patient excruciating pain.

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