The Book of Bastards: 101 Worst Scoundrels and Scandals from the World of Politics and Power

The Book of Bastards: 101 Worst Scoundrels and Scandals from the World of Politics and Power

Brian Thornton

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1440503702

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Book of Bastards: 101 Worst Scoundrels and Scandals from the World of Politics and Power

Brian Thornton

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1440503702

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Move over, Benedict Arnold . . .

Oh to be sure, America's first traitor is one of the 101 bastards you will find in this one-of-a-kind account of bad guys in Washington. But compared to some of the gross misconduct in this frighteningly funny history book, well, let's just say he's in good company. This page-turner of a potboiler reveals all the dirtiest little secrets readers never learned in history class. From illegitimate children (we thought Grover Cleveland was too boring to have sex) and illicit trysts (Warren G. Harding in the White House phone booth with his secretary) to turncoats (make up your own mind about Daniel Ellsberg) and traitors (General Wilkinson, aka a Spanish secret agent), you will discover all the dirt worth dishing since the founding of Jamestown.

The Book of Bastards - because what you don't know about the history of our great nation can make you laugh and cry!

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notwithstanding, Johnson never stopped being and thinking like a Kentucky slave-owner. After Chinn died Johnson took up with another of his slaves. When that woman left him because she had fallen in love with another man, Johnson had her tracked down and returned to him. After he sold the woman at auction, he pursued a relationship with her sister! Now that is a bastard. PROPERTY-OWNING BASTARD When Johnson and Julia's two daughters grew up and married (both to white men), he gave each

Honduras's neighbor British Honduras, now Belize — turned Walker over to the Honduran government as a gesture of good will. A firing squad executed the last filibuster on the site of what is now a hospital in the port city of Trujillo, on September 12, 1860. Walker was just thirty-six years old; he missed the American Civil War by a mere three months. 33 DAN SICKLES The Temporary Insanity Defense (1819–1914) “One might as well try to spoil a rotten egg as to damage Dan's character.”

University. Fortas had been paid $15,000 for the speeches, but the university had not paid these fees: a number of private corporations had. If these companies ever had a case tried before the high court, Fortas's relationship to them could create a conflict of interest. These concerns helped derail his nomination. A year later the revelation that he had signed a personal services contract with a $20,000 retainer from the personal foundation of a Wall Street financier was the final blow that

caused President Reagan, the Republicans and the conservative movement last week would be out of a job. He would not have to be asked to resign. He would know it was his simple duty. But in this administration, Reagan neither expects nor enforces any standard of accountability — especially toward such loyal old friends as Meese.” — David S. Broder 72 ABSCAM Congressmen and the Size of Their Pockets “I did nothing wrong.” — Harrison “Pete” Williams Sometimes it takes a group to

American forces under General Horatio Gates had bottled up the main British force under command of General “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne within a day's ride from Albany. On October 7, a pitched battle began at Bemis Heights, near Saratoga, New York. When Arnold saw that the second American charge against the British was turning into a rout, he borrowed a horse, rallied the retreating troops, and led them on a heroic bayonet charge into the teeth of murderous British musket fire. Arnold's horse was

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