Warren G. Harding: The American Presidents Series: The 29th President, 1921-1923

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Macmillan, Jan 7, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 202 pages

President Nixon's former counsel illuminates another presidency marked by scandal

Warren G. Harding may be best known as America's worst president. Scandals plagued him: the Teapot Dome affair, corruption in the Veterans Bureau and the Justice Department, and the posthumous revelation of an extramarital affair.

Raised in Marion, Ohio, Harding took hold of the small town's newspaper and turned it into a success. Showing a talent for local politics, he rose quickly to the U.S. Senate. His presidential campaign slogan, "America's present need is not heroics but healing, not nostrums but normalcy," gave voice to a public exhausted by the intense politics following World War I. Once elected, he pushed for legislation limiting the number of immigrants; set high tariffs to relieve the farm crisis after the war; persuaded Congress to adopt unified federal budget creation; and reduced income taxes and the national debt, before dying unexpectedly in 1923.

In this wise and compelling biography, John W. Dean—no stranger to controversy himself—recovers the truths and explodes the myths surrounding our twenty-ninth president's tarnished legacy.

 

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When I was a lad, perched on the wall there was a chart of the ratings of Presidential greatness. The two failures were Presidents Grant and Harding; their administrations were plagued by scandal. I ... Read full review

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Dean, who survived Nixon's scandalous presidency, attempts to rehab another President who was afflicted by scandal. Harding and Buchanan usually are considered are worse two presidents. Dean does not ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
5
Young Harding
9
Editor Publisher and Apprentice Politician
17
United States Senator
36
Winning the Nomination
57
The 1920 Campaign
72
Cabinet Making
83
An Unfinished Presidency
99
Death and Disgrace
141
Notes
175
Milestones
191
Selected Bibliography
193
Index
197
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About the author (2004)

John W. Dean served as Richard Nixon's White House counsel for a thousand days. He is the author of two books recounting his days in the Nixon administration, Blind Ambition and Lost Honor, as well as Unmasking Deep Throat. A native of Marion, Ohio, he lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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