Executive Privilege?: Two Centuries of White House Scandals

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From the padded expense accounts of George Washington to the memorable gaffes of Ronald Reagan, here is a rollicking account of the sins, slips, and peccadilloes of our chief executives. Sometimes irreverent, but never irrelevant, it chronicles the human aspects of two hundred years of presidential leadership: the trials and temptations suffered by the Founding Fathers and their successors, and the impact that their personal, medical, and sexual lives had upon the political scandals of each administration. ...
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Overview

From the padded expense accounts of George Washington to the memorable gaffes of Ronald Reagan, here is a rollicking account of the sins, slips, and peccadilloes of our chief executives. Sometimes irreverent, but never irrelevant, it chronicles the human aspects of two hundred years of presidential leadership: the trials and temptations suffered by the Founding Fathers and their successors, and the impact that their personal, medical, and sexual lives had upon the political scandals of each administration. Executive Privilege debunks myths surrounding former presidents while exposing moments of true courage during their darkest hours of power. Perhaps most importantly, our presidents are shown to be prisoners of their office and responsibilities to an extent that is rarely recognized. This is a rollercoaster ride over the bumpy landscape of presidential perks and privileges. The stories of the men and women who rose and fell along the way speak volumes to the Americans of today.
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Mitchell, a staff investigator on the US Senate Oversight Committee, tells some fun stuff about presidents, beginning with George Washington and ending with Ronald Reagan. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781800631
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 9.27 (w) x 6.26 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1 Colonial Capers: George Washington - John Quincy Adams March 1789 - March 1829 9
2 An Old Hero for a Troubled Age: Andrew Jackson - James K. Polk March 1829 - March 1844 47
3 The Spoils of a Dividing Nation: Zachary Taylor - Andrew Johnson March 1844 - March 1869 75
4 Grant's Grabbag, Rutherfraud, and Big Steve's Baby: U.S. Grant - William McKinley March 1869 - September 1901 97
5 The Era of the Muckrakers: Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft September 1901 - March 1913 131
6 Presidential Amorists and a Teapot Tempest: Woodrow Wilson - Herbert Hoover March 1913 - March 1933 145
7 The Presidential Plotter: Franklin Delano Roosevelt March 1933 - April 1945 165
8 Taking Hell Harry: Harry S. Truman April 1945 - January 1953 183
9 Gifts for the General: Dwight D. Eisenhower January 1953 - January 1961 199
10 The Playboy President: John F. Kennedy January 1961 - November 1963 219
11 Tall Tales From Texas: Lyndon B. Johnson November 1963 - January 1969 233
12 High Crimes and Misdemeanors: Richard M. Nixon January 1969 - August 1974 247
13 Ford's Follies: Gerald R. Ford August 1974 - January 1977 269
14 The Peanut Preacher: James E. Carter January 1977 - January 1981 285
15 The Teflon President: Ronald W. Reagan January 1981 - January 1989 307
List of Sources 399
Index 418
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