A Treasury of Great American Scandals

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Penguin, Jul 1, 2003 - History - 336 pages
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Following on the heels of his national bestseller A Treasury of Royal Scandals, Michael Farquhar turns his attention to matters a little closer to home with A Treasury of Great American Scandals. From the unhappy family relationships of prominent Americans to the feuds, smear campaigns, duels, and infamous sex scandals that have punctuated our history, we see our founding fathers and other American heroes in the course of their all-too-human events. Ineffectual presidents, lazy generals, traitors; treacherous fathers, nagging mothers, ungrateful children, embarrassing siblings; and stories about insanity, death, and disturbing postmortems are all here, as are disagreeable marriages, vile habits, and, of course, sex: good sex, bad sex, and good-bad sex too. We can take comfort in the fact that we are no worse and no better than our forebears. But we do have better media coverage. Bonus educational material:
  • A brief history of the United States, including scandals!

  • The American Hall of Shame!

  • A complete listing of presidential administrations!

  

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User Review  - Whitney Hassell - Goodreads

What a way to make you lose faith in your country! I enjoyed this book for the history and the humor scattered throughout, but by the end I was really feeling sorry for my country. Lesson 1: don't trust politicians! Lesson 2: andrew Jackson was the man. Read full review

Review: A Treasury of Great American Scandals

User Review  - Whitney Hassell - Goodreads

What a way to make you lose faith in your country! I enjoyed this book for the history and the humor scattered throughout, but by the end I was really feeling sorry for my country. Lesson 1: don't trust politicians! Lesson 2: andrew Jackson was the man. Read full review

Contents

Foundering Father
One Bad Apple Tree
Showdown at Weehawken
The Eaton Malaria
Id Rather Vote for Hitler
Hail to the Chaff
Andrew Johnson 18651869
Sexcapades
May God Almighty Forgive Her Murderers
Embryo Caesar
Seeing
What a Drag
Murder Madness and Just Plain Strange Episodes
The Man Who Would Be Queen
Copyright

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Michael Farquhar, a former writer and editor at "The Washington Post," is the bestselling author of the Penguin Treasury series.

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