Scorpion Tongues: The Irresistible History of Gossip in American Politics

Scorpion Tongues: The Irresistible History of Gossip in American Politics

by Gail Collins
     
 

Did Woodrow Wilson murder his first wife? Of course not. Did Hillary Clinton throw the lamp? Maybe. From Thomas Jefferson to William Jefferson Clinton, Scorpion Tongues is a popular history of gossip in American politics. Complete with wickedly delightful anecdotes of major and minor politicians and entertainers over the last 200 years, Gail Collins examines the

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Did Woodrow Wilson murder his first wife? Of course not. Did Hillary Clinton throw the lamp? Maybe. From Thomas Jefferson to William Jefferson Clinton, Scorpion Tongues is a popular history of gossip in American politics. Complete with wickedly delightful anecdotes of major and minor politicians and entertainers over the last 200 years, Gail Collins examines the evolving relationship between politicians and the press and the blurring of the lines between politicians and celebrities. Supported by extensive research and written with an entertaining flair, she speculates on how gossip reflects the current moral compass of the time, noting how a rumor, like an unpredictable summer tornado, can flatten one reputation while a similar story passes over another with hardly a rustle. "Hilariously readable" (The Economist), Scorpion Tongues offers sinful scandals and mild hearsay for every taste.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Collins's exhaustively researched page-turner is both an insightful investigation of moral turpitude and a gossip junkie's dream."-Detour Magazine
"Gail Collins digs up plenty of scandalous stories in her history of American political gossip. . . . A major public service."-Entertainment Weekly
Gail Collins
A breezy, timely history of political gossipe.
New York Times Book Review
Entertainment Weekly
Gail Collins digs up plenty of scandalous stories in her history of American political gossip....a major public service....Besides demonstrating that gossip is transient and gossiping is eternal, Collins shows that political gossip has some useful functions....

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156006507
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/09/1999
Series:
Harvest Book Series
Edition description:
1 HARVEST
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.85(d)

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