A Treasury of Great American Scandals: Tantalizing True Tales of Historic Misbehavior by the Founding Fathers and Others Who Let Freedom Swing
A Treasury of Great American Scandals Tantalizing True Tales of Historic Misbehavior by the Founding Fathers and Others Who Let Freedom Swing Author:Michael Farquhar 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 pu... more »nctuated 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!« less
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This book is written more for the history novice. I was aware of, and had read in more depth, most of the events covered in the book. Many of these events, like Sickles killing of Key, are the subject of an entire book.
Still, not everyone likes history as much as I and so this is a good read to give to many who will be surprised to learn that not all our historical figures were brave, moral, clean and generous.
For example, as far as I am concerned, Thomas Jefferson was one of our worst presidents for many reasons. The only great achievement of his time in office was the Louisiana Purchase.