Dead Presidents

Historical facts, thoughts, ramblings and collections on the Presidency and about the Presidents of the United States.

By Anthony Bergen
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I know that I just posted a bunch of article suggestions the other day, but I have some more.  I’ve been digging around in The Atlantic's archives, so most of these links are from that venerable publication.  Many of these are older articles that I read quite a while ago, but you guys should definitely check them out or Instapaper them for later.

OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND YOU’RE DEAD: The 2011 World Freediving Championships (Outside Magazine, March 2012)

WHAT MAKES A PERFECT SPY TICK? (The Washington Post, February 9, 2012)

ST. LEONARD’S PASSION: Leonard Cohen’s performance at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival (Tablet Magazine, January 31, 2012)

THE TYRANT’S WIFE: An Open Letter to Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad (Tablet Magazine, February 14, 2012)

THE JOURNALISTS AND THE SPIES: Saleem Shahzad’s Murder, Pakistan, and the ISI (The New Yorker, September 19, 2011)

THE DEBATE DEBATE: Presidential Debates, Citizens United, and the Politics of Media (The New Yorker, February 13, 2012)

THE JULIAN ASSANGE SHOW (The New Yorker, February 15, 2012)

SHOESTRING: Buddy Roemer, Presidential Candidate, O.W.S. Supporter (The New Yorker, February 13, 2012)

GROUPTHINK: Brainstorming Doesn’t Really Work (The New Yorker, January 30, 2012)
(I’m a big fan of everything that Jonah Lehrer writes about neuroscience)

RICK SANTORUM WANTS YOUR SEX LIFE TO BE ‘SPECIAL’ (The Atlantic, February 15, 2012)

A NEUROSCIENTIST DEBUNKS THE MYTH OF MUSICAL INSTINCT (The Atlantic, February 15, 2012)

BEATING HISTORY: WHY TODAY’S RISING POWERS CAN’T COPY THE WEST (The Atlantic, February 15, 2012)

BOOK REVIEWS AREN’T DEAD (JUST ASK THE WALL STREET JOURNAL) (The Atlantic, February 14, 2012)

THE PHENOMENAL ‘NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS’ (The Atlantic, December 13, 2011)

AN AGING AFRICAN LEADER WHOSE TIME HAS ENDED: Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade (The Atlantic, February 15, 2012)

THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE: Diana Holt’s battle with capital punishment in the United States (The Atlantic, March 2012, excerpted from Raymond Bonner’s Anatomy of Justice)

THE BOOK OF THE CENTURY ABOUT THE DEATH PENALTY: Review of Raymond Bonner’s Anatomy of Justice (The Atlantic, February 9, 2012)

WHERE WILL IT END? (The Atlantic, December 1857)

NAT TURNER’S INSURRECTION (The Atlantic, August 1861)

•LEAVES FROM AN OFFICER’S JOURNAL: A white Civil War officer recounts his experience as Colonel of the first black regiment (The Atlantic)
-PART I (November 1864)
-PART II (December 1865)
-PART III (January 1865)

A TRUE STORY, WORD FOR WORD AS I HEARD IT: Fiction from Mark Twain (The Atlantic, November 1874)

•THE FREEDMAN’S STORY: An escaped slave recalls his violent showdown with slave-catchers (The Atlantic)
-PART I (February 1866)
-PART II (March 1866)

PAUL REVERE’S RIDE: The famous Revolutionary War poem that’s really about slavery (The Atlantic, January 1861)

JOHN BROWN AND HIS FRIENDS: How a coterie of New Englanders — including the author — secretly funded John Brown’s raid (The Atlantic, July 1872)

THE REIGN OF KING COTTON: The grandson of John Quincy Adams and great-grandson of John Adams on how the cotton trade itself would bring about the end of slavery (The Atlantic, April 1861)

SOJOURNER TRUTH: THE LIBYAN SIBYL: Harriet Beecher Stowe describes her encounter with the legendary African-American activist (The Atlantic, April 1863)

RECOLLECTIONS OF LINCOLN: Henry Villard remembers the 16th President (The Atlantic, February 1904)

THE ELECTION IN NOVEMBER: The Atlantic’s 1860 endorsement of Abraham Lincoln for President (The Atlantic, October 1860)

CHARLESTON UNDER ARMS: A Northern journalist records his visit to Charleston during the Fort Sumter standoff (The Atlantic, April 1861)

WHY DO SO FEW BLACKS STUDY THE CIVIL WAR? (The Atlantic Civil War Special Commemorative, February 2012)

PERFECTING OUR UNION: The President of the United States reflects on what Abraham Lincoln means to him, and to America (The Atlantic Civil War Special Commemorative, February 2012)

THE PRESIDENT’S PROCLAMATION (The Atlantic, November 1862)

OUR GENERAL: In Defense of Union General Benjamin Butler (The Atlantic, July 1863)

•LIFE ON THE SEA ISLANDS: A young black woman describes her experience teaching freed slaves (The Atlantic)
-PART I (May 1864)
-PART II (June 1864)

LEE IN BATTLE: A Northerner on Robert E. Lee (The Atlantic, August 1911)

TOWARD APPOMATTOX: In the footsteps of Grant and Lee (The Atlantic, May 1988)

LATE SCENES IN RICHMOND (The Atlantic, June 1865)

ASSASSINATION: Three months after Lincoln’s murder, The Atlantic sought to make sense of it (The Atlantic, July 1865)

THREE MONTHS AMONG THE RECONSTRUCTIONISTS (The Atlantic, February 1866)

•A REBEL’S RECOLLECTIONS: A Confederate soldier offers the Southern perspective of the Civil War (The Atlantic, June 1874-December 1874)
-PART I (June 1874)
-PART II (July 1874)
-PART III (August 1874)
-PART IV (September 1874)
-PART V (October 1874)
-PART VI (November 1874)
-PART VII (December 1874)

HAWTHORNE: THE ARTIST OF NEW ENGLAND (The Atlantic, December 1966)

IS THE VICE PRESIDENCY NECESSARY? (The Atlantic, May 1974)

JEFFERSON AND SLAVERY (The Atlantic, January 1862)

WASHINGTON’S HARDEST DECISION (The Atlantic, October 1952)

THE MYSTERY OF THE MILLIONAIRE METAPHYSICIAN (Slate.com, February 10, 2012, originally publishing in the July/August 2001 Lingua Franca)

SPY AGENCIES HAVE HAD SOME VERY DUMB IDEAS, NEW DOCUMENTS REVEAL (The Atlantic, February 17, 2012)

THE ODD EXISTENCE OF POINT ROBERTS, WASHINGTON (The Atlantic, February 17, 2012)

THE SALESMAN: Mark Bowden on Vice President Biden (The Atlantic, October 2010)

THE PLOY: Mark Bowden on the Death of al-Zarqawi (The Atlantic, May 2007)

JIHADISTS IN PARADISE (The Atlantic, March 2007)

WOLFOWITZ: THE EXIT INTERVIEWS (The Atlantic, July/August 2005)

IMPERIAL GRUNTS: Robert D. Kaplan with the Army Special Forces in the Philippines and Afghanistan (The Atlantic, October 2005)

THE KABUL-KI DANCE: Inside the cockpit with the pilots of the 391st Fighter Squadron (The Atlantic, November 2002)

TALES OF THE TYRANT: Mark Bowden on Saddam Hussein (The Atlantic, May 2002)

THE SHORT, VIOLENT LIFE OF ABU MUSAB AL-ZARQAWI (The Atlantic, July/August 2006)

THE ROYAL WE (The Atlantic, May 2002)
"The mathematical study of genealogy indicates that everyone in the world is descended from Nefertiti and Confucius, and everyone of European ancestry is descended from Muhammad and Charlemagne."

THE HARDEST JOB IN FOOTBALL (The Atlantic, January/February 2009)

THE LAST ACE (The Atlantic, March 2009)

THE DESERT ONE DEBACLE (The Atlantic, May 2006)
Mark Bowden, author of Guests of the Ayatollah (BOOKKINDLE), on one of the most important events in his book — Operation Eagle Claw, which resulted in disaster in the Iranian desert.

After watching my Oakland Raiders got their asses handed to them by the Green Bay Packers last night (and narrowly getting knocked out of my fantasy league playoffs), I spent some time catching up on the articles on queued up in my Instapaper account.  Here’s some of my recommendations:

GUANTANAMO DIARY: MOHAMMED EL GORANI AND JEROME TUBIANA (London Review of Books, December 15, 2011)
This is just absolutely haunting.  The story of the youngest detainee at Guantanamo, told in his own words:  "I’d seen a lot of American movies, and arrested people always said, ‘I have the right to a lawyer!’  The interrogators laughed at me: ‘Not here in Guantanamo!  You got no rights here!"  If even half of Mohammed el Gorani’s account is true, I am sickened for my country.

WHEN DID THE GOP LOSE TOUCH WITH REALITY? (New York Magazine, November 20, 2011)
A pretty spot-on commentary by a conservative Republican who served in the Bush Administration.

MERCENARY (Esquire)
This is just a weird story.

MONDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: HOW JON GRUDEN BECAME AMERICA’S FOOTBALL COACH (The New Yorker, December 12, 2011)
Jon Gruden makes Monday Night Football unwatchable for me, but this is an interesting profile

SHAKESPEARE AND VERDI IN THE THEATER (New York Review of Books, November 2011)
I may have posted this article before, but I don’t remember

GRIEF AND SOLEMNITY: COLIN DICKEY ON THE AMERICAN WAY OF DEATH (Los Angeles Review of Books, November 27, 2011)

REBECCA CORIAM: LOST AT SEA (The Guardian, November 11, 2011)

JON HUNTSMAN: THE NO-DRAMA CONSERVATIVE (The American Conservative, August 24, 2011)

CENTRAL BOOKING (The New Yorker, November 28, 2011)

KOBE BRYANT DOESN’T WANT YOUR LOVE (Esquire, November 2007)

BARNEY’S GREAT ADVENTURE (The New Yorker, January 12, 2009)
An older profile on Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank and his leadership in the Democratic caucus

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED ABOARD AIR FRANCE 447 (Popular Mechanics)

ROGER EBERT’S 1972 INTERVIEW WITH GROUCHO MARX (RogerEbert.com/Originally from Esquire Magazine)
I fucking LOVE the Marx Brothers.  I can’t get enough of Groucho, so this was pure brilliance.

BUILDING A BETTER MITT ROMNEY-BOY (New York Times Magazine, December 4, 2011)

THE UNLIKELY EVENT: AIRLINE SAFETY CARDS (The Paris Review, November 28, 2011)
Little-known fact: I dream that I’ll get invited to write for the Paris Review someday because I think it would be helpful with picking up chicks, among other less important reasons.

WHAT WOULD GABBY DO? (New York Magazine, November 2011)
An interesting possibility about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, possibly picking up the political torch if Gabby can’t physically continue holding on to her Congressional seat.

PUNCHED OUT: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A HOCKEY ENFORCER, PART I: LEARNING TO BRAWL (New York Times, December 3, 2011)
PUNCHED OUT: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A HOCKEY ENFORCER, PART II: BLOOD ON THE ICE (New York Times, December 4, 2011)
PUNCHED OUT: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A HOCKEY ENFORCER, PART III: A BRAIN ‘GOING BAD’ (New York Times, December 5, 2011)

AND…SCENE: AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE (New York Magazine, October 2011)

RIFT IN PARADISE (National Geographic, November 2011)

FACE TO FACE WITH RADOVAN KARADZIC (The Guardian, December 3, 2011)

RICK PERRY HAS THREE STRIKES AGAINST HIM (Vanity Fair, January 2012)
A fascinating article on Governor Perry and his background.

THE BIBLE OF KING JAMES (National Geographic, December 2011)

JOYCE CAROL VINCENT: HOW COULD THIS YOUNG WOMAN LIE DEAD AND UNDISCOVERED FOR ALMOST THREE YEARS? (The Guardian, October 8, 2011)

THE ETERNAL ADOLESCENCE OF BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD (New York Times Magazine, October 16, 2011)

PLANET OF THE RETIRED APES (New York Times Magazine, July 24, 2005)

THE GREEN BAY PACKERS HAVE THE BEST OWNERS IN FOOTBALL (Business Week, October 20, 2011)

LIL WAYNE: THE GQ INTERVIEW (GQ, November 2011)