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American Political Scandals Past and Present

American Political Scandals Past and Present

by Barbara Silberdick Feinberg

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Gr 7-10-- Scandal has been part of U. S. life for almost 200 years, according to Feinberg's well-documented account. She categorizes the subject by its various forms: violent disagreements, election fraud, sexual relationships, graft and other corruption, abuse of power, and miscellaneous personal misconduct. Most of the examples included are fairly well known, from Andrew Jackson's supposed bigamy to the Iran-Contra affair. The author doesn't hesitate to draw fair-minded conclusions on the meaning of such occurrences; her final chapter encourages readers to consider important issues of public trust and to try to penetrate officeholders' ``teflon shields.'' The writing style is clear and lively; the documentation includes footnotes and a bibliography. While other books mention similar problems, only Kronenwetter's The Threat from Within (Watts, 1986) addresses corruption in any depth. His analysis of how unethical conduct damages the political system is better, but the books do complement each other. Most libraries need both. --Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA

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