A Treasury of Great American Scandals

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In our present era of tawdry sex scandals and cheap political shots, as we cling to our sense of patriotism and our national unity soars, we long for the good old days of good old-fashioned American values: a more dignified, genteel time, when honor and decency were prized above all. Alas, a history lesson is in order. From squabbles and feuds to vicious smear campaigns and duels. A Treasury of Great American Scandals presents our mythic founding fathers and other heroes in the course of their all-too-human ...
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In our present era of tawdry sex scandals and cheap political shots, as we cling to our sense of patriotism and our national unity soars, we long for the good old days of good old-fashioned American values: a more dignified, genteel time, when honor and decency were prized above all. Alas, a history lesson is in order. From squabbles and feuds to vicious smear campaigns and duels. A Treasury of Great American Scandals presents our mythic founding fathers and other heroes in the course of their all-too-human events. Ineffectual presidents, lazy generals, traitors; treacherous fathers, nagging mothers, ungrateful children, embarrassing siblings; and tales of insanity, death, and disturbing post mortems are all here, as are disagreeable marriages, vile habits, and, of course, sex; good sex, bad sex, and good-bad sex. We can take comfort in the fact that we are no worse and no better than our forebears. But we do have better media coverage.
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There's nothing about a certain recent president's sexual wanderings in this entertaining collection: notes Farquhar, an editor and writer at the Washington Post, "History needs a little time to percolate.... Besides, the first three centuries of American scandal should put a little perspective on the relatively minor sins of recent memory." The bad behavior is not all sexual (though there is that, too)-it sometimes involved family. George Washington kept his distance from a mother bent on publicly humiliating him. Benjamin Franklin arranged the arrest of his own son, colonial governor of New Jersey and a British loyalist. Dirty campaigns (in 1828, Andrew Jackson accused John Quincy Adams of aspiring to kingship; Adams's followers in turn called Jackson a murderer); congressional floor fights; and demagoguery all figure here. Politicians are the main offenders in this collection, but they are complemented by witch hunters in early Salem, Mass., and other "just plain strange" events. Readers who enjoyed Farquhar's earlier A Treasury of Royal Scandals will find much to savor here. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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The subtitle, "tantalizing true tales of historic misbehavior by the Founding Fathers and others who let freedom swing," suggests the book's tone. The writing is breezy and irreverent and most stories are reduced to two to five pages, regardless of their complexity. They are fairly accurate in general outline, though, and they are tantalizing. This is a fun book to browse through. The book is divided into eight sections, and features something on just about every president, and every period of American history. Farquhar has to stretch to find something on Franklin Pierce, but there's real meat on Jefferson, LBJ, J. Edgar Hoover, and many others. These are the kind of stories that just might spark interest in a variety of subjects. Daniel J. KLIATT Codes: SA;Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Penguin Putnam, 321p. bibliog., Levinson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402563300
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003

Meet the Author

Michael Farquhar is the author of A Treasury of Royal Scandals. As a writer and editor at the Washington Post, he specializes in history. His work has also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Reader's Digest, and Newsday, as well as on Discovery Online.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Part I Family Ties That Bind ... And Gag 1
1. Prepare for a Shock 3
2. Mother Mary, Quite Contrary 7
3. Foundering Father 9
4. I Now Pronounce You Miserable 12
5. Dishonor Thy Mother 15
6. A Short, Ugly Story 20
7. With This Ring, I Thee Dread 21
8. Smother-in-Law 24
9. One Bad Apple Tree 28
10. Oh, Brother! 32
Part II Cold Wars 35
1. Feuding Founding Fathers 37
2. Showdown at Weehawken 47
3. Giving the Devil His Duel 52
4. Overreaction Jackson 58
5. "The Eaton Malaria" 64
6. A Not So Civil War 72
7. When "Mush" Came to Shove 79
8. "I'd Rather Vote for Hitler" 86
9. General Dissatisfaction 93
10. LBJ vs. RFK 100
Part III Hail to the Chaff 113
1. Zachary Taylor 115
2. Franklin Pierce 116
3. James Buchanan 118
4. Andrew Johnson 120
5. Ulysses S. Grant 122
6. Grover Cleveland 123
7. William McKinley 125
8. William Howard Taft 127
9. Woodrow Wilson 129
10. John Tyler 131
Part IV Congressional Follies 133
1. Floor Fights 135
2. Sexcapades 140
Part V Cruel Campaigns 153
1. "One Continued Tempest of Malignant Passions" 155
2. "May God Almighty Forgive Her Murderers" 159
3. "A Horrid Looking Wretch He Is" 162
4. "Ma! Ma! Where's My Pa?" 165
Part VI The American Hall of Shame 169
1. Benedict Arnold: Hero, Traitor, Whiner 171
2. Aaron Burr: "Embryo-Caesar" 177
3. Roger Taney: One Mean Supreme 185
4. Henry Wirz: Manufactured Monster 191
5. A. Mitchell Palmer: Seeing Red 196
6. Warren G. Harding: Nice Guy Finishes Last 203
7. Joe McCarthy: Wisconsin Sleaze 207
8. J. Edgar Hoover: What a Drag 215
9. Richard Nixon: Say What!? 222
Part VII Murder, Madness, and Just Plain Strange Episodes 229
1. Bewitched 231
2. The Man Who Would Be Queen 247
3. Cellar Dweller 249
4. Explorer Off Course 250
5. The Case of the Cuckolded Congressman 254
6. The Other Assassinations 262
Part VIII Remains to Be Seen 271
1. Boiling "Mad" 273
2. Tom Paine's Farewell Tour 275
3. Abe Lincoln's Indecent Exposure 278
4. The "Resurrection" of John Scott Harrison 281
5. John Paul Jones: Pickled in Paris 283
Appendix I Presidents of the United States 287
Appendix II A Brief History of the United States (through 1980) 301
Select Bibliography 319
Acknowledgments 323
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