Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country [NOOK Book]

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Mix hundreds of millions of dollars in petroleum reserves; rapacious oil barons and crooked politicians; under-the-table payoffs; murder, suicide, and blackmail; White House cronyism; and the excesses of the Jazz Age. The result: the granddaddy of all American political scandals, Teapot Dome.

In The Teapot Dome Scandal, acclaimed author Laton McCartney tells the amazing, complex, and at times ribald story of how Big Oil handpicked Warren G. ...
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Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country

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Overview

Mix hundreds of millions of dollars in petroleum reserves; rapacious oil barons and crooked politicians; under-the-table payoffs; murder, suicide, and blackmail; White House cronyism; and the excesses of the Jazz Age. The result: the granddaddy of all American political scandals, Teapot Dome.

In The Teapot Dome Scandal, acclaimed author Laton McCartney tells the amazing, complex, and at times ribald story of how Big Oil handpicked Warren G. Harding, an obscure Ohio senator, to serve as our twenty-third president. Harding and his so-called “oil cabinet” made it possible for the oilmen to secure vast oil reserves that had been set aside for use by the U.S. Navy. In exchange, the oilmen paid off senior government officials, bribed newspaper publishers, and covered the GOP campaign debt.

When news of the scandal finally emerged, the consequences were disastrous for the nation and for the principles in the plot to bilk the taxpayers: Harding’s administration was hamstrung; Americans’ confidence in their government plummeted; Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall was indicted, convicted, and incarcerated; and others implicated in the affair suffered similarly dire fates. Stonewalling by members of Harding’s circle kept a lid on the story–witnesses developed “faulty” memories or fled the country, and important documents went missing–but contemporary records newly made available to McCartney reveal a shocking, revelatory picture of just how far-reaching the affair was, how high the stakes, and how powerful the conspirators.

In giving us a gimlet-eyed but endlessly entertaining portrait of the men and women who made a tempest of Teapot Dome, Laton McCartney again displays his gift for faithfully rendering history with the narrative touch of an accomplished novelist.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Journalist McCartney (Friends in High Places: The Bechtel Story) examines corruption and scandal at the highest levels of the federal government in his look at the scandal of Warren G. Harding's administration, Teapot Dome. The groundwork for the scandal was in fact in place even before Warren G. Harding had won the Republican nomination in his bid for the presidency. America's top oil companies had funneled money into the Harding campaign, providing the kind of monetary support needed for Harding to win the White House. In return, Harding appointed Albert Fall as his secretary of the interior, a position the oil interests believed would open up the Naval Oil Reserves in Wyoming (the teapot dome reserve) and California for their companies, something that Fall did accomplish. Once this quid pro quo became public, Congress pressed Harding to nullify the lease; the Supreme Court ruled that the authority Harding had given to Fall in the first place was illegal. McCartney's final section details what happened to the key individuals. The major conspirators received little or no jail time. The Teapot Dome scandal showed how monetary political contributions could lead to political corruption, something we now take for granted. Readers unfamiliar with this bit of history will find this work heavy in detail and light in general context. Recommended for informed readers in public and academic libraries.
—Michael LaMagna

From the Publisher
“A terrific tale that resonates nearly a century on, at a time when many people are still wondering about the connections between Big Oil and politicians at the highest levels.”
–Jon Meacham, author of Franklin and Winston

“This is a story that has it all–a Jazz Age background, a pleasure-loving president surrounded by booze and chorus girls, boomtown capitalists from the Wild West, [and] conniving politicians. . . . [Laton McCartney has] a certain zest for Teapot’s sordid comedy [and] delivers fresh, arresting portraits of the main players, some of them lovable rogues, others beady-eyed scoundrels.”
–The New York Times

“The most thorough treatment of the scandals to date.”
–Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Titillating, tantalizing . . . The book reads like a novel. McCartney’s cast of characters jumps off the page.”
–Baltimore Sun

“A cautionary tale of what happens when corrupt and indifferent public officials give an industry undue influence over public policy.”
–The Denver Post

“Fascinating reading.”
–St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Barnes & Noble Review
Americans have one vote apiece, but that equality doesn't extend to economics. Those with the most money have often paid for political access and influence -- as true in the 1920s as it is today. Financial journalist McCartney meticulously describes the systematic corruption of Warren Harding's White House in The Teapot Dome Scandal. Harding himself, McCartney notes, had won the 1920 presidential race by accepting millions of dollars in secret campaign contributions from oil companies. The author lays out a compelling case that Republican Harding had been truly "bought" by Big Oil -- and that he paid them back when elected. The poker-loving, skirt-chasing president proceeded to nominate his poker buddy Albert Fall for secretary of the interior: Fall's top priority was to "privatize" government land for commercial development. Fall would grant leases to Harding's biggest campaign contributors, allowing them to drill for oil on federally controlled lands. The richest prize was the now-infamous Teapot Dome in Wyoming, which Fall leased to oil baron Ed Doheny. Of course, Fall took his cut, receiving large bribes from oilmen like Doheny and Harry Sinclair, and McCartney doggedly follows the money trail. His thorough account of this massive scandal makes gripping reading -- and reminds us of the perpetually corrosive effects that money has on the political system. --Chuck Leddy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588367662
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 291,841
  • File size: 883 KB

Meet the Author

Laton McCartney is the author of the national bestseller Friends in High Places: The Bechtel Story–The Most Secret Corporation and How It Engineered the World and Across the Great Divide: Robert Stuart and the Discovery of the Oregon Trail. McCartney has written extensively on business, finance, and politics for many national magazines. He and his wife, Nancy, divide their time between Wyoming and New York.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note XIII

Harding

1 A Reversal of Fortune 3

2 Breakfast of Champions 8

3 Convention 14

4 The Prize 27

5 A Star of a Fellow 31

6 The Front Porch Campaign 36

7 The Campaign Trail 45

8 Friends of Jake Hamon 52

9 Acquittal 57

10 Fatal Distractions 60

11 Trouble Ahead 65

12 The Ohio Gang 69

13 Rockefeller of the West 74

14 Back in the Day 78

15 Power Grab 84

16 Sure Thing 89

17 Black Bag 93

18 All Roads Lead to Three Rivers 100

19 Unfinished Business 105

20 A Dog's Breakfast 113

21 The Best-Laid Plans 119

22 Napoleon and the Dutchman 123

23 Summer of Their Discontent 130

24 Shakedown 135

25 The Unraveling 142

26 Departure 145

The Investigation

27 Coolidge 155

28 Getting Ready 160

29 Two Masters 164

30 Opening Rounds 169

31 The Crusader 177

32 The Crack-up 180

33 The Palm Beach Story 187

34 True Confessions 196

35 Damage Control 206

36 The Conspiracy 216

37 The Redhead, The Radical, and the Attorney General 229

38 State of Denial 237

Continental Trading

39 The Unseen Hand 259

40 A Bribe as Big as the Ritz 262

41 The Link 266

42 Above the Law 269

43 Dirty Bonds, Clean Cash 274

44 Andy 277

45 Forty-Eight Hours 281

46 Acquittal, Revelation 286

47 Rich Man's Justice 289

Reckonings

48 Robert Stewart 295

49 Harry Sinclair 300

50 Ned Doheny 304

51 Albert Fall 311

52 Edward L. Doheny 314

53 Thomas J. Walsh 316

Acknowledgments 321

Notes 323

Bibliography 335

Index 339

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    It's About The Oil

    The idea that Republican oilmen would collude with Republican politicians to corruptly enrich themselves may seem far-fetched, but it actually happened during the administration of Warren G. Harding and was partially covered up by his successor Calvin Coolidge. The Teapot Dome Scandal is Laton McCartney's effort to bring this scandal to modern eyes to contemplate the wickedness of men and the fortunes of politicians. His very readable account may have one or two details too many, but the story is well-told and worth reading. Who knows...it could happen again.

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