About the Program
Charles Flood recounts the final years of Ulysses S. Grant. The former President had terminal mouth and throat cancer and was in great financial straits after being cheated by a business partner in 1884. Mr. Flood reports that Grant began writing his memoirs in an attempt to restore his family's wealth before his death, and the text was completed four days before he died on July 23, 1885. The author examines Grant's writing process and the success of his Memoirs that were posthumously published by Mark Twain. Charles Flood speaks at Carmichael's Bookstore in Louisville, Kentucky.