I would like to host General Grant for dinner at the Lotos Club, one of the oldest literary clubs in the United States (founded in 1870, early in President Grant’s administration).Besides celebrating writers and those in the arts, the club, in Midtown Manhattan, has also recognized military and government leaders (including the former Defense Secretary Robert M. Hosting Grant — a great writer as well as a great leader — at the Lotos Club would thus be very fitting. Coincidentally, the lovely old townhouse that houses the club, on East 66th Street just off Fifth Avenue, is next door to the address at which Grant lived the final years of his life.It will be available for preorder and will appear on store shelves in October. She was born Lady Diana Spencer, the daughter of an earl, in 1961.
I read it during the tough early months of that endeavor, and I found Grant’s example inspirational.
Especially impressive was his sheer fortitude in the face of congressional sniping, press criticism, political pressures, battlefield setbacks and terrible casualties.
We mingled with criminals, leaders, protesters, artists and athletes, many who forever changed their professions.
We relived the first steps on the moon and the speech that divided India and Pakistan.
“Lick ‘em tomorrow, though.” And he and his army did just that – all the way to Appomattox.