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Title:
A treasury of great American scandals [tantalizing true tales of historic misbehavior by the founding fathers and others who let freedom swing]
Author:
Farquhar, Michael.
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Publication Information:
Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, [2004]

â„—2004
Physical Description:
7 compact discs (8.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Subtitle from container.

Unabridged.

Compact disc.
Language:
English
Contents:
pt. 1. Family ties that bind ... and gag -- 1. Prepare for a shock -- 2. Mother Mary, quite contrary -- 3. Foundering father -- 4. I now pronounce you miserable -- 5. Dishonor thy mother -- 6. A short, ugly story -- 7. With this ring, I thee dread -- 8. Smother-in-law -- 9. One bad apple tree -- 10. Oh, brother! -- pt. 2. Cold wars -- 1. Feuding founding fathers -- 2. Showdown at Weehawken -- 3. Giving the Devil his duel -- 4. Overreaction Jackson -- 5. "The Eaton malaria" -- 6. A not so civil war -- 7. When "Mush" came to shove -- 8. "I'd rather vote for Hitler" -- 9. General dissatisfaction -- 10. LBJ vs. RFK -- pt. 3. Hail to the chaff -- 1. Zachary Taylor -- 2. Franklin Pierce -- 3. James Buchanan -- 4. Andrew Johnson -- 5. Ulysses S. Grant -- 6. Grover Cleveland -- 7. William McKinley -- 8. William Howard Taft -- 9. Woodrow Wilson - 10. John Tyler -- pt. 4. Congressional follies -- 1. Floor fights -- 2. Sexcapades -- pt. 5. Cruel campaigns -- 1. "One continued tempest of malignant passions" -- 2. "May God Almighty forgive her murderers" -- 3. "A horrid looking wretch he is" -- 4. "Ma! Ma! Where's my Pa?" -- pt. 6. The American Hall of Shame -- 1. Benedict Arnold : hero, traiter, whiner -- 2. Aaron Burr : "Embryo-Caeser" -- 3. Roger Taney : one mean supreme -- 4. Henry Wirz : manufactured monster -- 5. A. Mitchell Palmer : seeing red -- 6. Warren G. Harding : nice guy finishes last -- 7. Joe McCarthy : Wisconsin sleaze -- 8. J. Edgar Hoover : what a drag -- 9. Richard Nixon : say what? -- pt. 7. Murder, madness, and just plain strange episodes -- 1. Bewitched -- 2. The man who would be queen -- 3. Cellar dweller -- 4. Explorer off course -- 5. The case of the cuckholded congressman -- 6. The other assassinations -- pt. 8. Remains to be seen -- 1. Boiling "Mad" 00 2. Tom Paine's farewell tour -- 3. Abe Lincoln's indecent exposure -- 4. The "resurrection" of John Scott Harrison -- 5. John Paul Jones : pickled in Paris.
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ISBN:
9781402571886
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Audiobook on CD

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Publisher's Weekly Review

There's nothing about a certain recent president's sexual wanderings in this entertaining collection: notes Farquhar, an editor and writer at the Washington Post, "History needs a little time to percolate.... Besides, the first three centuries of American scandal should put a little perspective on the relatively minor sins of recent memory." The bad behavior is not all sexual (though there is that, too)-it sometimes involved family. George Washington kept his distance from a mother bent on publicly humiliating him. Benjamin Franklin arranged the arrest of his own son, colonial governor of New Jersey and a British loyalist. Dirty campaigns (in 1828, Andrew Jackson accused John Quincy Adams of aspiring to kingship; Adams's followers in turn called Jackson a murderer); congressional floor fights; and demagoguery all figure here. Politicians are the main offenders in this collection, but they are complemented by witch hunters in early Salem, Mass., and other "just plain strange" events. Readers who enjoyed Farquhar's earlier A Treasury of Royal Scandals will find much to savor here. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved