Florence Harding: The First Lady, the Jazz Age, and the Death of America's Most Scandalous President

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W. Morrow & Company, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 645 pages
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Deeply researched and richly told, "Florence Harding" reveals the never-before-told story of First Lady Florence Harding -- the driving force behind Warren G. Harding's ascent to one of the most scandal-ridden presidencies in the history of the United States. Carl Sferrazza Anthony not only recounts the drama of Florence's personality but uses the White House to bring to life Jazz Age America. He shows how Florence's friendship with Evalyn McLean, the morphine-addicted owner of the Hope Diamond and "The Washington Post," was one of the defining bonds in her public life.

Drawing on newly declassified FBI documents, Florence's recently discovered diary, and many other sources, Anthony offers a penetrating reanalysis of the 'Teapot Dome' scandal and the 'intimidation squad' used to silence Harding's political opponents, as well as shocking revelations about Harding's involvement with mistresses, including love letters the President wrote. And Anthony reopens the investigation into the legend that Florence Harding poisoned the President 75 years ago, with eye-opening conclusions.

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Nope. Florence Harding isn't interesting enough to warrant this big of a book. Read full review

Review: Florence Harding: The First Lady, The Jazz Age, And The Death Of America's Most Scandalous President

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Wonderfully written. Couldnt help but at times feel sorry for her regarding the numerous affairs her husband warren harding (rumor to be half black - one of the reasons to believe why the hardings ... Read full review


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Carl Sferrazza Anthony is the nation's leading authority on the political power and social influence of First Ladies, and his written extensively about the First Families. He is the author of several books including America's First Families and As We Remember Her: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the Words of Her Friends and Family, which includes exclusive interviews with Senator Ted Kennedy. He has written for George, American Heritage, The Washington Post, The New York Times and many other publications and is a contributor to Voter.com.

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