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The Stranger and the Statesman: James Smithson, John Quincy Adams, and the Making of America's Greatest Museum: The Smithsonian

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It was one of the nineteenth century's greatest philanthropic gifts — and one of its most puzzling mysteries. In 1829, a wealthy English naturalist named James Smithson left his library, mineral collection, and entire fortune to "the United States of America, to found ... an establishment for the increase and diffusion of Knowledge among men" — even though he had never visited the United States or known any Americans.

In this fascinating book, Nina Burleigh pieces together the reclusive benefactor's life and painstaking scientific pursuits, and discloses how his bequest was nearly lost due to political infighting until several heroes, including former president John Quincy Adams, saw to it that Smithson's curious notion was realized in 1846. The result was the Smithsonian: a castle housing the United States' first and greatest cultural and scientific establishment, one that has since funded thousands of scientific and exploratory projects around the world and given the nation's capital an enduring cultural foundation.

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Nina Burleigh is a journalist and the author of A Very Private Woman: The Life and Unsolved Murder of Mary Meyer. Burleigh's journalism career covers twenty years of local and national politics, law, crime, and popular culture. She has traveled widely in the United States, covering American elections, and in the Middle East, reporting from inside Iraq during the 1990s for Timeand other publications. Her articles have appeared in Time, People, US Weekly, the Washington Post, Elle, and New Yorkmagazine. Burleigh lives in New York and Paris with her husband, Erik Freeland, a photographer, and their children.

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PJ, November 28, 2007 (view all comments by PJ)
I have spoken with Ben Bradlee about JFK and Mary Meyer, I find it most unusual in this day that there has not been more attention made of the death of Mrs. Meyer. Obviously, I read your book, do you think she was killed because of JFK, or do you think that Cord Meyer had someone at CIA attend to it for some unknown reason. Your book was most interesting, I'm a little surprised that it didn't get more
publicity, considering the subject.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060002428
Subtitle:
James Smithson, John Quincy Adams, and the Making of America's Greatest Museum: The Smithsonian
Publisher:
Harper Perennial LANGUAGE: eng
Author:
Burleigh, Nina
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
United States - 18th Century
Subject:
Art & Politics
Subject:
Museum Administration and Museology
Subject:
General
Publication Date:
20041001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.98x5.52x.82 in. .66 lbs.

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