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American Monsters: 44 Rats, Blackhats, and Plutocrats

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Among our most celebrated and notorious Americans, these monsters are the corrupt, greedy, power-mad, and vicious betrayers of the dreams of fair play and equal opportunity, the practitioners of a catalog of anti-democratic vice: from anti-Semitism and union-busting to racism and murder. Organized in Dantesque circles, American Monsters remembers history a little differently than it is taught in school. Indian exterminator President Andrew Jackson, Jew-baiting propagandist Henry Ford, and nearly forty other ...

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Among our most celebrated and notorious Americans, these monsters are the corrupt, greedy, power-mad, and vicious betrayers of the dreams of fair play and equal opportunity, the practitioners of a catalog of anti-democratic vice: from anti-Semitism and union-busting to racism and murder. Organized in Dantesque circles, American Monsters remembers history a little differently than it is taught in school. Indian exterminator President Andrew Jackson, Jew-baiting propagandist Henry Ford, and nearly forty other malefactors whose evil cores have been relegated to footnotes, are brought to account. From Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Roger Taney, to robber barons and captains of industry like Henry Clay Frick and Andrew Carnegie; from Ezra Pound and Col. Tom Parker to cops and criminals like Alan Pinkerton and Charles Manson, American Monsters is provocative and entertaining history that you won't read anywhere else. With specially commissioned essays by veteran chroniclers such as Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Ishmael Reed, Steve Earle, Danny Schechter, Nat Hentoff, James Ridgeway, Joe Conason, Michael Wolff, Danny Goldberg, Will Blythe, and Legs McNeil, this collection of national malfeasance—edited by award-winning columnist Jack Newfield—holds up a dark mirror to the national character.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560255543
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 10/10/2004
  • Pages: 377
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Low creatures in high office - dead presidents, ideologues, autocrats
Andrew Jackson 3
William McKinley 8
John Ashcroft 16
William J. Bennett 23
Confederates - down in the land of cotton, where things are rotten
Jefferson Davis 33
John Wilkes Booth 49
Strom Thurmond 57
Ty Cobb 72
Black robes, black hearts - justice denied
Roger Taney 83
Webster Thayer 90
Antonin Scalia 102
With God on their side - unholy holymen
Jonathan Edwards 113
Brigham Young 117
Gerald L. K. Smith 126
Cardinal Francis Joseph Spellman 132
Billy Graham 141
Elijah Muhammad 147
Plutocrats and despoilers - land wreckers and strike breakers
James H. Peabody 159
Andrew Carnegie and Henry Frick 164
Henry Ford 172
The owners of the triangle shirtwaist factory 180
College of letters and science : culture criminals - dismaying ideas, dismaying minds
Anthony Comstock 191
Ezra Pound 198
John B. Watson 204
Frederick Taylor 210
Walter Winchell 215
Edward Teller 219
Colonel Tom Parker 227
Bump in the night - crooks and crimials
Lee Christmas and machine gun Guy Molony 235
Morris Levy 241
Frankie Carbo 249
Charles Manson 255
O. J. Simpson 269
The ninth circle - worst of the worst
J. Edgar Hoover 277
Joseph McCarthy 284
Roy Cohn 293
Richard M. Nixon 300
Henry Kissinger 306
George W. Bush 313
Purgatory - either side of the flipped coin
Thomas Alva Edison 325
John Reed 330
Walt Disney 339
Huey Long 345
Pete Rose 360
Pet Peeves
Notes on the petit mendacities of chickenhawk warmongers : Alfonse D'Amato, Don King, the Reverend Al Sharpton, Jack Ruby, Jane Fonda, Jerry Rubin, Leona Helmsley, Peter Bourne, Mike "Coach K." Krzyzewski, John Wayne, Abraham Foxman, Norman Podhoretz, George Steinbrenner, Walter O'Malley 365
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2006

    'no america'

    Without the likes of (and making decisions like a man and without listening to every opinion so that he isn't rendered useless) Andrew Jackson this country would not be able to be the beacon that it is today for most everyone around the world. To attain freedom for the world some people may have to do things that are not 'nice.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2004

    MUST READING FOR 2004

    WOW. THIS IS A FABULOUS COLLECTION OF ESSAYS ON THE WORST LOWLIFES IN AMERICAN HISTORY. KUDOS TO ALL THE WRITERS AND AVALON PUBLISHING FOR PUTTING THIS OUT. I LEARNED NEW THINGS TODAY. IT IS WELL WORTH THE 15 BUCKS AND SHOULD BE IN EVERY HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS! I HAVE BOUGHT 100 COPIES FOR GIFTS TO MY FRIENDS!

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