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Warren G. Harding (The American Presidents Series)
President Nixon’s former counsel illuminates another presidency marked by scandal
Warren G. Harding may be best known as America’s worst president. Scandals plagued him: the Teapot Dome affair, corruption in the Veterans Bureau and the Justice Department, and the posthumous revelation of an extramarital affair.
Raised in Marion, Ohio, Harding took hold of the small town’s newspaper and turned it into a success. Showing a talent for local politics, he rose quickly to the U.S. Senate. His presidential campaign slogan, “America’s present need is not heroics but healing, not nostrums but normalcy,” gave voice to a public exhausted by the intense politics following World War I. Once elected, he pushed for legislation limiting the number of immigrants; set high tariffs to relieve the farm crisis after the war; persuaded Congress to adopt unified federal budget creation; and reduced income taxes and the national debt, before dying unexpectedly in 1923.
In this wise and compelling biography, John W. Dean—no stranger to controversy himself—recovers the truths and explodes the myths surrounding our twenty-ninth president’s tarnished legacy.
1st floor hall, Auburn
This neo-classical house, designed by Levi Weeks for Lyman Harding in 1812, is dominated by a giant portico with Roman Ionic columns. The two doorways are based on traditional Palladian motifs. The main house is the most architecturally significant building dating to the territorial period because it introduced academic architecture to the Mississippi Territory. It is historically important as the residence of attorney Lyman Harding, one of the wealthiest and most influential citizens of Natchez during the territorial period, legal counsel for Aaron Burr at his arraignment in 1807, and Mississippi's first Attorney General. Auburn's two-story portico is one of the earliest in the South, pre-dating similar porticoes at the University of Virginia and those added in the 1820s to the White House and to Arlington in Virginia. The house and its outbuildings are National Historic Landmarks and Mississippi Landmarks.
scene of the death of an American President
In 1923, Warren G. Harding's term as President ended suddenly when he died at the Palace Hotel, in Room 8064, an eighth floor suite that overlooks Market Street.
(Rebuilt hotel opened in 1909 - designed by the New York architectural firm of Trowbridge and Livingston, with George Kelham, who designed San Francisco's Main Library (now the Asian Art Museum), the Old Federal Reserve Bank, and the Hills Brothers coffee plant, appointed as supervising architect.)
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An old man lies dying. Propped up in his living room and surrounded by his children and grandchildren, George Washington Crosby drifts in and out of consciousness, back to the wonder and pain of his impoverished childhood in Maine. As the clock repairer’s time winds down, his memories intertwine with those of his father, an epileptic, itinerant peddler and his grandfather, a Methodist preacher beset by madness. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkers is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, illness, faith, and the fierce beauty of nature.
Pulitzer Prize, American Library Association Notable Book, PEN / Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers Award
“In Paul Harding’s stunning first novel, we find what readers, writers and reviewers live for.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“There are few perfect debut American novels. Walter Percy’s The Moviegoer and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird come to mind. So does Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping. To this list ought to be added Paul Harding’s devastating first book, Tinkers. . . . Harding has written a masterpiece.” —John Freeman, National Public Radio
“Tinkers is truly remarkable. It achieves and sustains a unique fusion of language and perception. Its fine touch plays over the textured richnesses of very modest lives, evoking again and again a frisson of deep recognition, a sense of primal encounter with the brilliant, elusive world of the senses. It confers on the reader the best privilege fiction can afford, the illusion of ghostly proximity to other human souls.” —Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Home, Gilead, and Housekeeping
“[Tinkers is] a novel that you’ll want to savor. . . . I found reading it to be an incredibly moving experience.” —Nancy Pearl
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