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In 2009, Jon Meacham won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of President Andrew Jackson. Now, he has turned to a president of more recent record: George H.W. Bush. In “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush,” Meacham utilizes Bush’s audio diaries and extensive interviews to reach into the decision-making around the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War and the president’s private life.

There’s also another interesting component of the book that Meacham discusses at length: Bush’s many connections to St. Louis. 


The Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, seen from the viewing plaza on June 4, 2003.
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Two Washington University researchers have found that most presidents are forgotten 50 to 100 years after leaving office, “unless something really, really important happened in their regime, or they’re one of the early presidents,” said Henry “Roddy” Roediger, a Washington University psychology professor.

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Mo. state auditor Tom Schweich says contracts between five state universities and former presidents may not be in the best interest of the schools, and some may violate provisions of state law.

University of Missouri curators agreed unanimously Thursday to hire an executive search firm in the hunt for the four-campus system’s next president, saying they will take their time to ensure they find the best possible candidate.

This is following the Jan. 7 resignation of Gary Forsee to care for his ill wife.