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A Treasury of Great American Scandals: Tantalizing True Tales of Historic Misbehavior by the Founding Fathers and Others Who Let Freedom Swing

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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!

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 319-321).

Synopsis:

- A Treasury of Royal Scandals is now in its ninth printing- A Treasury of Royal Scandals was a national bestseller and spent nineteen weeks on the Washington Post bestseller list- Visit www.royalscandals.com

About the Author

Michael Farquhar is the author of A Treasury of Royal Scandals. As a writer and editor at the Washington Post, he specializes in history. His work has also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Reader's Digest, and Newsday, as well as on Discovery Online.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. pt. 1.Family ties that bind ... and gag
  3. 1.Prepare for a shock
  4. 2.Mother Mary, quite contrary
  5. 3.Foundering father
  6. 4.I now pronounce you miserable
  7. 5.Dishonor thy mother
  8. 6. Ashort, ugly story
  9. 7.With this ring, I thee dread
  10. 8.Smother-in-law
  11. 9.One bad apple tree
  12. 10.Oh, brother! --pt. 2.Cold wars
  13. 1.Feuding founding fathers
  14. 2.Showdown at Weehawken
  15. 3.Giving the Devil his duel
  16. 4.Overreaction Jackson
  17. 5. "TheEaton malaria" --6. Anot so civil war
  18. 7.When "Mush" came to shove
  19. 8."I'd rather vote for Hitler" --9.General dissatisfaction
  20. 10.LBJ vs. RFK
  21. pt. 3.Hail to the chaff
  22. 1.Zachary Taylor
  23. 2.Franklin Pierce
  24. 3.James Buchanan
  25. 4.Andrew Johnson
  26. 5.Ulysses S. Grant
  27. 6.Grover Cleveland
  28. 7.William McKinley
  29. 8.William Howard Taft
  30. 9.Woodrow Wilson -10.John Tyler
  31. pt. 4.Congressional follies
  32. 1.Floor fights
  33. 2.Sexcapades
  34. pt. 5.Cruel campaigns
  35. 1."One continued tempest of malignant passions" --2."May God Almighty forgive her murderers" --3. "Ahorrid looking wretch he is" --4."Ma! Ma! Where's my Pa?" --pt. 6. TheAmerican Hall of Shame
  36. 1.Benedict Arnold : hero, traiter, whiner
  37. 2.Aaron Burr : "Embryo-Caeser" --3.Roger Taney : one mean supreme
  38. 4.Henry Wirz : manufactured monster
  39. 5.A. Mitchell Palmer : seeing red
  40. 6.Warren G. Harding : nice guy finishes last
  41. 7.Joe McCarthy : Wisconsin sleaze
  42. 8. t J. Edgar Hoover : what a drag
  43. 9.Richard Nixon : say what? --pt. 7.Murder, madness, and just plain strange episodes
  44. 1.Bewitched
  45. 2. Theman who would be queen
  46. 3.Cellar dweller
  47. 4.Explorer off course
  48. 5. Thecase of the cuckholded congressman
  49. 6. Theother assassinations
  50. pt. 8.Remains to be seen
  51. 1.Boiling "Mad" 002.Tom Paine's farewell tour
  52. 3.Abe Lincoln's indecent exposure
  53. 4. The"resurrection" of John Scott Harrison
  54. 5.John Paul Jones : pickled in Paris
  55. appendix 1.Presidents of the United States
  56. appendix 2. Abrief history of the United States (through 1980) --Select bibliography
  57. Acknowledgments.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142001929
Author:
Farquhar, Michael
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Politicians
Subject:
Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations
Subject:
Statesmen
Subject:
Scandals.
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
[PR 1366]
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.94x5.34x.75 in. .64 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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