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  •  We American like to promote our modest, (6+ / 0-)

    plain-spoken generals up a notch, particularly when they win us a war.  

    We sent Grant and Eisenhower to the White House even thought they had the charisma of a pair of dead fish, yet we ignored the glamour boys McClellan and MacArthur.

    Though Grant was ranked as one of the worst presidents in history when he left office, he began to regain some of his popularity a few years later once he published his memoirs.  They're available on Project Gutenberg.  They're written in a very accessible and entertaining manner.

    Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

    by Ice Blue on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 07:32:42 AM PST

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    •  A couple of exceptions to the rule (2+ / 0-)

      about those "modest, plain-spoken" generals: Andrew Jackson himself of course: scarcely a shrinking violet when it came to self-promotion (all those duels weren't just for show), and of course: Martin Van Buren's successor: William Henry Harrison. Though how much "Old Tippecanoe" really was the rip-snorting frontier tough, and how much was simply a manufactured political persona foisted on him by his campaign advisers is probably best dealt with in another diary......

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