Episode 118: Uncovering an Unlikely Friendship - Mark Twain and Ulysses S. Grant


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Join us as we uncover one of the most fascinating friendships between two well-known Americans: Mark Twain and Ulysses S. Grant. By the summer of 1884, Grant was broke and secretly dying of esophageal cancer. Worried about leaving his family destitute, he decided to write his memoirs at the urging of Mark Twain, who offered to publish them and give Grant an unheard of 75% royalty. The memoirs became best sellers and kept the Grant family out of poverty. Dr. Ron White is our guest as we discuss the unlikely friendship between the humorist and the general and uncover the truth about Grant's presidency and Reconstruction.

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