Dead Presidents

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

By Anthony Bergen
E-Mail: bergen.anthony@gmail.com
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In case you missed the post yesterday, please check out my latest essay, the story of the loving relationship and heartbreaking parting of Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife, Lucy.

And please let me know what you think! I always appreciate hearing feedback on my work, particularly the essays.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
What kind of blogs do you follow on here?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

I don’t follow many blogs at all.  In fact, I’ve been looking for some new blogs to follow.  I’m pretty picky, though.  

What most appeals to me is good writing.  My Tumblr is obviously writing-intensive (let’s put it this way:  if you looked up “long-winded” in the dictionary, instead of finding my face next to the definition, you would find a ridiculously unnecessary amount of words) and longreads — like the aptly named “Longreads” site — alway make me happy.

There are some individuals that I follow — some are people who I know in real-life (sirsamurai; calispeaks; dividedbyframes; narimonk; bllsmk) and some are people that I’ve met here on Tumblr over the past few years and find interesting or funny and would love to hang out with “in real life” (totaldrivel; jheath and irish-mexi; la-fraude-belle; giantsquidandlocomotives; caitlinfaith; imathers and nudewave; neutralangel; ghost-al-qaeda; thebombbag; notnadia; littlebrownskinnedgirl; dyslexianature; carveher; kaiyves).  I know that I’m probably missing someone that I am a fan of, so I apologize.

I also follow some publishing companies with really solid Tumblrs, like the Oxford University Press, Little Brown, W.W. Norton, Knopf, Doubleday, and Vintage Anchor just to name a few.  Then there are certain publications or content providers that I like to follow: The New York Review of Books; The Missouri Review; Stadium-Love-; The Paris Review; Millions Millions; L.A. Review of Books; LIFE; The-Feature, Lapham’s Quarterly, and Colonel Chris Hadfield.

And, of course, last but not least, there are some history sites that I really enjoy here on Tumblr beginning with the always-awesome Tuesday Johnson (tuesday-johnson; drtuesdaygjohnson; heckyesamericana).  The Presidential Libaries are well represented with a great jump-off point at Our Presidents.  The LBJ Library is one of my favorite places in the world and on Tumblr!  The Archivist of the United States has a wonderful site, and Today’s Document from the National Archives never fails to live up to its name with  a great post.

Although I do tend to be picky when it comes to the blogs that I follow, I actually really am in the market for some new additions.  If I don’t follow you, please don’t take it personally — I can’t even get make a noticeable impact on the questions in my inbox, so simply following everybody who follows me would probably result in epileptic seizures whenever I scrolled through my dashboard.  However, if you think your Tumblr fits in pretty well with the ones I listed above — especially if your posts are heavy on the writing and easy on the GIFs — give me a heads-up.  Or, if you know of a site that you think I’d enjoy, who is it?

If the articles that I’ve read so far are an indication of what we have to look forward to with Politico Magazine, we have ourselves one hell of a new treasure trove of political reporting.

For my fellow political junkies, you’ll want to start your day out with these in particular:

Cover Story: Locked in the Cabinet: The Worst Job in Barack Obama’s Washington by Glenn Thrush
Oral History: The War Within: Inside the Making of the Shutdown by Robert Draper
Politico Mag Profile: Get Mitch: How the Embattled Senate Minority Leader Explains America’s Political Gridlock by Jason Zengerle
War Room: Obama vs. the Generals by Rosa Brooks

This is top-notch political journalism by some of the best in the business.  If this is a subject that interests you, these stories should be the first things you read this morning.  Damn good work all-around.  Politico Magazine will be publishing stories daily (longer, more in-depth pieces than what is usually found on Politico.com), a print edition six times a year, and, is conveniently gathering each week’s best stories in an e-mail newsletter called The Friday Cover, which you can subscribe to for free right here (I didn’t hesitate to do so).   

Great article on a great man by Mark Updegrove, Director of the LBJ Library.

I hope you guys can take a moment and go check out my latest article for AND MagazineSincerely, Ronald Reagan: A President’s Private Correspondence With America.  I might be a tad bit biased since I wrote it, but I think it’s an entertaining little piece.  

It is always very helpful to me when my articles for AND get hits and when readers click that wonderful little Facebook “like” button.  As always, I thank you ahead of time for your support! 

Before I post my LONG-AWAITED answers to the Proust Questionnaire, I just want to remind everyone that I actually wrote posted a new essay today:  Ronald Reagan’s Private Correspondence With America.  It’s not even that long despite my well-deserved reputation as an overly wordy horse’s ass!  I hope you’ll check it out and share it and not be annoyed in a couple of days when it runs in AND Magazine and I shamelessly plug it again.

Next up is the Proust Questionnaire!  Who’s excited besides the one reader who sent it to me and requested that I complete it?  Don’t all raise your hands at the same time now.

(By the way, a fitting alternative title to my Proust Questionnaire post might be “Anti-Climactic”.)

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I know that many of my readers were also fans of the writing that my friend Keith Davis used to post on his Tumblr.  For those of you who wonder where you can find his work, he has a piece prominently spotlighted in the back page slot of the current issue of In My Bed Magazine.  You can subscribe to In My Bed online, or find it IN PRINT at selected bookstores throughout the country.

My essay about Richard Nixon’s final hours before resigning the Presidency, "What Have I Done?", is AND Magazine's cover story today.  Even if you’ve read it already, please head over to the AND Magazine website and give the story a Facebook “like” or a comment.  I would greatly appreciate it!  Plus, the art accompanying the article on the AND Magazine website looks great, so check it out!  Thank you ahead of time…you guys are awesome.

What an amazing story by Ron Fournier in the National Journal.  For those of you who are so anti-George W. Bush that you can’t see him as a human being and can’t feel anything but anger or repulsion towards him, take a moment, read this article, and remember, “Love that boy.”  

Interesting commentary by David Ignatius which suggests that President Obama should look to General Eisenhower and two really good recent books on Eisenhower’s Administration — Jean Edward Smith’s Eisenhower In War and Peace (BOOKKINDLE) and Evan Thomas’s Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle To Save the World (BOOKKINDLE) — for examples on how Ike delicately handled several crises in foreign relations and attempted to reign in potential excesses by the very American military that he had spent his entire career serving.

Thanks to reader @BrianAbrams for sharing this fantastic piece on the tragic death of President-elect Franklin Pierce’s only surviving son, Benjamin, in a horrific train accident which took place exactly 160 years ago today.  You guys should definitely check this out.

I have mentioned before that I’m a big fan of Melville House, a fairly new independent publisher based in Brooklyn that publishes some really fantastic books.  Some of their books are very unique, and they’ve recently created The Neversink Library, which is a wonderful collection of some little-known classics and even somewhat odd titles, many of which have been out-of-print or overlooked for years.  As an example, I was sent The Right Way To Wrong, a fun collection of writings from Harry Houdini.  Beyond the interesting books that Melville House publishes, I enjoy browsing through their catalog because, as I have definitely written before, the cover art of Melville House books is stunning.  Whether it is one person or an entire design team, the person(s) responsible for the catchy cover art deserve some major credit for Meville House’s appeal.

As for the reason behind my link —- Melville House has recently been running a series of articles on their website that I simultaneously enjoy and envy.  In Their Peculiar Ambitions: Forty-Four Stories About Our Forty-Four Presidents, forty-four different writers have contributed their take on individual Presidents and will continue to do so until each President has been covered by Election Day.  I’ve been enjoying the series for obvious reasons; I’ve been envious for reasons just as obvious: I wish I would have been asked to contribute!  I want to be the internet’s go-to guy for the Presidents!  (Picture those last two sentences being said in a whiny voice for full effect)

Oh well, I’ll still enjoy it, and think that you will, too.  Check out Melville House’s Their Peculiar Ambitions: Forty-Four Stories About Our Forty-Four Presidents, with updated contributions every Tuesday from now until Election Day!