From Kansas to Washington, Barack Obama's 'Story'
Photo: Courtesy of David Maraniss
When the president's great-grandmother Ruth Armour Dunham took her own life in 1926, her death at 26 years old and a subsequent "disintegration" of their family set off "a chain of events that changed the course of American history," writes Maraniss.
Ruth's gravestone, in section 5 of the Sunset Lawns South Cemetary in El Dorado, Kan., is a "lonesome plot" across from an old refinery. Her relatives are all buried elsewhere, while "her descendants live far away."