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Just in time for the presidential election of 2016 comes , a history of the best and most interesting missteps, peccadilloes, bad calls, back room hijinks, sordid pasts, rotten breaks, and just plain dumb mistakes in the annals of American politics.
Those who think the current electoral season resembles a circus will enjoy this entertaining collection of incredible misdeeds by contemporary and long gone politicos. McHugh (Like My Father Always Said) demonstrates that politicians didn’t always just argue endlessly but occasionally settled political disputes permanently—with duels. She also proves that sex scandals in political circles are nothing new; in the 19th century Daniel Sickles a New York State assemblyman and later a U.S. Representative was censured for taking a prostitute to the Assembly Chambers acquitted after shooting his wife’s lover and rumored to have had an affair with Spain’s Queen Isabella II. Embezzling is an enduring theme including a 30 year 53 million scam in Reagan’s hometown and there’s at least one jaw dropping quote a 1976 whopper from Earl Butz Nixon’s secretary of agriculture. Elsewhere McHugh briefly revisits the not too distant scandal when Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich tried to sell President Obama’s Senate seat. Readers will have to decide whether they agree with the author’s designation of “worst president ever.” Whether readers find this litany of political misdeeds mordantly amusing or simply depressing the book does remind them that misbehaving politicians are not new. Agent: Chris Tomasino Tomasino Agency. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
A collection of entertaining and cautionary tales of political missteps in American history, from the birth of the nation through the present day.
They have tweeted their private parts to women they're trying to impress. They have gotten caught on tape doing and saying things they really shouldn't have. They have denied knowing about the underhanded doings of underlings only to have a paper trail lead straight back to them. Nowadays, it seems like half of what we hear about politicians isn't about laws or governing, but is instead coverage focused on shenanigans, questionable morals, and scandals too numerous to count. And while we shake our heads in disbelief, we still can't resist poring over the details of these notorious incidents.
In Political Suicide, the foibles of our politicians are brought from the tabloid pages to this entertaining and cautionary tale of American history.
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