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Available for the first time in paperback, The Strange Deaths of President Harding challenges readers to reexamine Warren G. Harding's rightful place in American history.

 

For nearly half a century, the twenty-ninth president of the United States has consistently finished last in polls ranking the presidents. After Harding's untimely death in 1923, a variety of attacks and unsubstantiated claims left the public with a tainted impression of him. In this meticulously researched scrutiny of the mystery surrounding Harding's death, Robert H. Ferrell, distinguished presidential historian, examines the claims against this unpopular president and uses new material to counter those accusations.

At the time of Harding's death there was talk of his similarity, personally if not politically, to Abraham Lincoln. Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes described Harding as one of nature's noblemen, truehearted and generous. But soon after Harding's death, his reputation began to spiral downward. Rumors circulated of the president's death by poison, either by his own hand or by that of his wife; allegations of an illegitimate daughter were made; and question were raised concerning the extent of Harding's knowledge of the Teapot Dome scandal and of irregularities in the Veterans' Bureau, as well as his tolerance of a corrupt attorney general who was an Ohio political fixer. Journalists and historians of the time added to his tarnished reputation by using sources that were easily available but not factually accurate.

In The Strange Deaths of President Harding, Ferrell lays out the facts behind these allegations for the reader to ponder. Making the most of the recently opened papers of assistant White House physician Dr. Joel T. Boone, Ferrell shows that for years Harding suffered from high blood pressure, was under a great deal of stress, and overexerted himself; it was a heart attack that caused his death, not poison. There was no proof of an illegitimate child. And Harding did not know much about the scandals intensifying in the White House at the time of his death. In fact, these events were not as scandalous as they have since been made to seem.

In this meticulously researched and eminently readable scrutiny of the mystery surrounding Harding's death, as well as the deathblows dealt his reputation by journalists, Ferrell asks for a reexamination of Harding's place in American history.

 

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Available for the first time in paperback, The Strange Deaths of President Harding challenges readers to reexamine Warren G. Harding's rightful place in American history.<P>For nearly half a century, the twenty-ninth president of the United States has consistently finished last in polls ranking the presidents. After Harding's untimely death in 1923, a variety of attacks and unsubstantiated claims left the public with a tainted impression of him. In this meticulously researched scrutiny of the mystery surrounding Harding's death, Robert H. Ferrell, distinguished presidential historian, examines the claims against this unpopular president and uses new material to counter those accusations.

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"The Strange Deaths of President Harding is a scrupulously researched and vividly told overview by Robert H. Ferrell, . . . who demolishes or casts doubt on most of the accusations and suspicions surrounding America's twenty-ninth president. . . . Ferrell is on his surest ground."—American Spectator

"Ferrell's discussions of the cause of death and the absurdity of the poison theory are quite convincing. . . . This is a feisty, spirited, lively little book and, like the author's earlier ones, fun to read."—Illinois Historical Journal

"A straightforward, well-written account of the final days and hours before Harding's fatal heart attack. Ferrell . . . presents a plausible, generally interesting case for reappraising the more conventional, derogatory view of Harding and his administration."—Booklist

"In a careful, detailed analysis of the evidence, [Ferrell] gives Harding the benefit of a reasonable doubt."

Washington Times

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826212023
Author:
Ferrell, Robert H.
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Author:
Ferrell, Robert
Location:
Columbia :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/20s
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Harding, warren gamaliel, pres. u. s., 1865-1
Subject:
Public opinion -- United States.
Subject:
Harding, Warren G - Public opinion
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
TN-246
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in
Age Level:
from 18 to 100

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"Synopsis" by , Available for the first time in paperback, The Strange Deaths of President Harding challenges readers to reexamine Warren G. Harding's rightful place in American history.<P>For nearly half a century, the twenty-ninth president of the United States has consistently finished last in polls ranking the presidents. After Harding's untimely death in 1923, a variety of attacks and unsubstantiated claims left the public with a tainted impression of him. In this meticulously researched scrutiny of the mystery surrounding Harding's death, Robert H. Ferrell, distinguished presidential historian, examines the claims against this unpopular president and uses new material to counter those accusations.
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