Good book to help remind you that political scandal has always been part of American politics. Even as despicable and shameful as politics are now, it's nothing new for this country. Fun read, with short sections on various famous Americans and their deeds. Find out why Andrew Jackson was considered a homicidle temperamental bully, how Ben Franklin treated his son, or that Jeffersons sex scandal with a slave was as well know in its time as Bill Clinton's scandal. All the embarrassing stuff our founding fathers wish we didn't know about, I just wish this book was longer!
HILARIOUS! Who wouldn't love reading about naughty presidents? This book does an excellent job of keeping the reader interested while providing background history (such as their section on duels). I loved reading this book before bedtime. While the sections are long the individuals chapters are short so you can read 2 or 3 stories a day. From the famous Burr-Hamilton duel to Herbert Hoover vs Martin Luther King Jr, this book gives an insight to American History that is not presented in traditional textbooks. Even if you are not a huge history fan, I believe this book will be interesting to all.
Some of the scandals in the book aren't exactly scandals by today's standards or are so well known we regard them as hardly shocking. And indeed, some stories we already knew.
But the lay out of the book is in such a way that it provides an ease with reading. A book with short stories on scandals is always a fun read. I'm often traveling on public transportation and find that it's nice to read when I have the chance, but find it frustrating to leave a good story in the middle of the tale because I've arrived at my destination or the break isn't long enough to finish the chapter. But this book, and the others this author has written, is set up so that leaving in the middle of a chapter doesn't happen that often. Plus, you can flip through and pick a topic at will.
I really enjoyed this book, and have read his other two books and ejoyed them as well. I recommend it.
Anyone interested in history will enjoy this read. The format is done in short tales of often little know information. Some is not new to history buffs, but there are some interesting tidbits that put a different perspective on what you thought you knew. It is enjoyable and easy to read. I highly recommend it and this author who seems to enjoy his research and sharing what he has learned with the reader. I am an avid reader of history and I especially enjoy the trivia and little known snipets of information these types of books relay. This book has not disappointed.
i first found one book by this author at a yard sale and loved it once i read it. so i had to find others and buy them. this is one of those i have found. very good stories all through it. i would never of guessed some of thethings it told about. some of the stories were slightly amuseing others were sort of shocking. none very long so for history buffs with small kids its easyer to read between chaseing after them. very good book i will be buying all of them by this author eventualy
Concise and short chapters, packed with information that would otherwise be difficult to obtain as a student of history having to remember dates and historical characters, geography etc. Mr. Farguhar has to have collected this treasury for decades. Indispensable reading for any serious student of history.
The paragraphs are short, probably, no more than 3 pages full of beautiful historical readings. No sentence is wasted. Highly recommended specially Mr. Michael Farquhar.