The Almanac of Political Corruption, Scandals & Dirty Politics

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Be the first to write a review About this product. New other : lowest price. About this product Product Information Watergate. Teapot Dome. Monica Lewinsky. American history is marked by era-defining misdeeds, indiscretions, and the kind of tabloid-ready scandals that politicians seem to do better than anyone else.

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Now, for the first time, one volume brings together years of political wrongdoing in an illustrated history of politicians gone wildproving that today's scoundrels aren't the first, worst, and surely won't be the last From high crimes to misdemeanors to moments of licentiousness and larceny, this unique compendium captures in complete, colorful detail the foibles, failings, peccadilloes, dirty tricks, and astounding blunders committed by politicians behaving badly. Amid stories of brawlers, plagiarists, sexual predators, tax evaders, and the temporarily insane, this almanac tells all about: The only so far!

Grant, who was allegedly issued a ticket for racing his horse and buggy through the streets of Washington, D. The former New Jersey state senator David J.

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Friedland, who disappeared during a scuba diving accident in It turns out he staged the accident and served nine years in prison after being captured in the Maldives. Tape-recorded instructions from highbrow president Franklin Delano Roosevelt on how his staff should carry out some low-down political tricks The bizarre story of U.

Potter won election to the state house while in jailbut was kicked out for cheating at cards. Texas congressman Henry Barbosa Gonzalez: he was charged with assault in after he shoved and hit a man who called him a communist.

Gonzalez was seventy years old at the time. At once shocking and hilariously funny, here's a book that exposes the history of American politics, warts and alland makes for hours of jaw-dropping, fascinating, illuminating reading. Additional Product Features Dewey Edition. Show More Show Less.

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And to an extent, the numbers back him up. The data cover not only elected officials, but public servants from cabinet secretaries to enlisted soldiers. Convictions of federal officials dropped nearly a quarter from to , the most recent year for which figures are available. Convictions of state officials doubled, thanks in part to a sharp one-time increase in That probably is because few investigators were looking for crimes for much of that period. Still, the F.

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Well, perhaps not zero — particularly at lower levels of government. A study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago calculated that 31 of the approximately Chicago aldermen who had served since — and four of the seven governors — had been convicted of corruption. A F. At the heights of political power, some analysts say, corruption is less widespread, but seems endemic because it is intensely covered — not just by newspaper and other news media outlets, but now by phalanxes of partisan political bloggers.

Edwards, the roguish and nationally known Louisiana governor charged in with extorting bribes to reward riverboat casino licenses.

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By comparison, an identical search for Mr. McDonnell, the former Virginia governor indicted just days ago, returned million hits. West, the vice president of government studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, said in an interview.