A Treasury Of Great American Scandals: Tantalizing True Tales Of Historic Misbehavior By The…

Paperback | July 1, 2003

byMichael Farquhar

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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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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 punctu...

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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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 1, 2003Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0142001929

ISBN - 13:9780142001929

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from History Not Usually Found in Textbooks I was completely enthralled by this author’s previous book entitled “A Treasury of Royal Scandals”; the wit, the clever choice of words and sentence structure, the short and concise chapters - all made for absolutely fantastic reading. Consequently, wanting more of the same, I sought out other books by this author. I happily found this one and read it next. I was not disappointed. However, I did find a bit of a difference in style from the previous one. That difference is that this book is somewhat less tongue-in-cheek in its prose. That witty edge is not as pronounced here, thus slanting much of the book more towards textbook-serious history than the less reverent renditions that were standard in the previous book. That being said, I can assert that this book is still an absolutely great read: the same book structure with the short chapters, the engaging writing style and, in some of the later chapters, a resurgence of the wit and irreverence so common in the previous book. Most of the stories pertain to U.S. presidents and other American higher-ups. The time period covered is from the late seventeenth century to around 1980. This book should be of interest to anyone wanting to learn about events that happened behind the scenes in US history – events that history textbooks tend to leave out.
Date published: 2006-09-24