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  - MerryMary - LibraryThing

Very funny. Lots of good history - nothing newer than 1980. (A good scandal needs perspective) Lots of known and unknown names and a great Hall of Shame Read full review

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User Review  - jshillingford - LibraryThing

Another wonderful book by the author of A Treasury of Royal Scandals. Here, Farquhar brings the vices home to U.S. soil. The writing style is easy to read and witty. The author makes good use of research on the topic, but never takes the subject matter too seriously. Read full review


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

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Michael Farquhar is a writer and editor at the Washington Post specializing in history. He is the author of the bestsellers A Treasury of Great American Scandals and A Treasury of Royal Scandals. He appeared on the History Channel’s Russia, Land of the Tsars and will be featured on a forthcoming program about the French Revolution.

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