Children's LiteratureAuthor Thorndike has written a readable book about a complicated topic. He begins by describing the general and political climate of the 1920s in which the Teapot Dome Scandal happened. Briefly, the scandal involved the 29th President of the United States, the Secretary of the Interior and oil reserves from the Navy. One of the oil reserves was ten thousand acres at Teapot Dome, Wyoming. Albert B. Fall, the Secretary of the Interior, persuaded President Warren Harding to transfer the Teapot Dome oil reserves to the Department of the Interior. Fall then secretly leased the government oil reserves to friends who owned oil companies. Fall became rich from this leasing, but it was illegal money. The Teapot Dome Scandal took ten years and two congressional hearings to resolve. Why this happened and how it was found out and then proven in the courts is the basis of the rest of the book. Jonathan Thorndike does a thorough job of presenting what is thought to be one of the major scandals in United States history. Illustrations are in black-and-white. Part of the "Headline Court Cases" series. 2001, Enslow, $20.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-9-Thorndike begins this story with a dramatic account of the unexpected death of Warren G. Harding and mentions the unproven rumors that followed, suggesting that the president might have been poisoned or the victim of an organized-crime hit. He continues with a somewhat disjointed rendition of dates, details, characters, events, legal proceedings, and court cases that preceded the Teapot Dome Scandal, which involved the illegal leasing of government-owned oil reserves. Although readers will come away with a clear knowledge of the dealings that precipitated the scandal and its social and political context, the text is at times repetitive and simplistic. The last chapter, "Results and Lessons Learned," appears to be the real purpose of the volume-the author lobbies for a better energy policy for this nation. Black-and-white period photos, chapter notes, and questions for discussion accompany the text.-Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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The mysterious death of President Harding -- America in the jazz age -- Events leading up to Teapot Dome -- Senate hearings force out Albert B. Fall -- Teapot Dome smears its next victims -- Teapot Dome and the Election of 1924 -- Results and lessons learned -- Questions for discussion -- Chapter notes -- Glossary -- Further reading and Internet addresses -- Index.