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The Teapot Dome Scandal Audiobook

The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House

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The Teapot Dome scandal of the early 1920s was all about oil - hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of petroleum. When the scandal finally broke, the consequences were tremendous. President Harding's legacy was forever tarnished, while "Oil Cabinet" member Albert Fall was forced to resign and was imprisoned for a year. Others implicated in the affair suffered prison terms, commitment to mental hospitals, suicide, and even murder. The Republican Party and the oil-company CEOs scrambled to cover their tracks and were mostly successful. Key documents mysteriously disappeared; important witnesses suffered sudden losses of memory. Though a special investigation was authorized, the scope of the wrongdoing was contained by administration stonewalling. But newly surfaced information indicates that the scandal was even bigger than originally thought.

©2008 Laton McCartney; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Phil O. San Diego, CA, United States 01-07-13
    Phil O. San Diego, CA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Plain-spoken, well-told, stunning"

    Fans of history of political and business fraud, corruption and scandal are well rewarded here. It blows my mind that this was the way things were run in top echelons of USA government so recently. There is a rich history here, as well, of the development of the west (and foreign affairs with Mexico) as regards commercial development of mineral resources. We would do well to keep an eye on the disposition of our publicly-owned land and mineral assets in this country: the huge payouts make it a natural breeding ground for political corruption.

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    D. Littman OH 03-29-08
    D. Littman OH 03-29-08 Member Since 2017
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    "brings you right into the 1920s"

    This book is both well-narrated & well-written. A fine slice-of-history piece that makes you feel as if you are living in the teens & 20s (I mean 1910-1925 or so), puts you into the political game of the time (where corruption was a much more accepted part of politics, frankly, than is the case today), and uses the Teapot Dome affair & the Harding presidency as the crux of the story. I would recommend this to anyone interested in American history, not just those after knowledge about long-ago scandals.

    While the book is very detailed, it is not overly so. It needs this detail to tell the story, and it is the detail that moves the story along.

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    Steve B 09-23-15
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    "Interesting for history buffs."

    Nice read if yoy are looking to improve your knowledge of how govt and business conducted themselves during the early 20th century.

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    Rose Marie Holt Nampa, ID USA 05-08-15
    Rose Marie Holt Nampa, ID USA 05-08-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Dense but well written & complete"

    This book might have been better in written form or with prior knowledge of the principals. I had to backtrack several times & research the case to keep the pieces together. Not bad for someone with no prior knowledge about the scandal. Otherwise great.

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    Steven PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 06-30-10
    Steven PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 06-30-10 Member Since 2008
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    "The Other Oil Scandal - Before the BP Disaster"

    You Couldn't make this stuff up. This beats the shenanigans of JR Ewing from the Dallas TV show fame.

    Oil companies controlling the government and profiting from govn't largesse? Nah! Never could happen!

    A great listen

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