Monday, May 13, 2002

When I spent last summer at Columbia U in New York, I was stunned to see the size of the mausoleum bearing the remains of Ulysses S. Grant, one of the most unremarkable presidents resting in one of the most remarkable monuments in the country--a mini Capitol rotunda bulging from the shores of Riverside Park. Now a new wave of deifying Grant is underway, part of a new wave of historical leadership mythology, says Chris Suellentrop in Slate:

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