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

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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.

About the Author

Michael Farquhar is the bestselling author ofA Treasury of Royal Scandals, A Treasury of Great American Scancals, A Treasury of Deception, and A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans, as well as coauthor of The Century: History as It Happened on the Front Page of the Capital's Newspaper.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780142001929
ISBN-10: 0142001929
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: July 2003
Pages: 336
Language: English