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Looks at public scandals in the administrations of Presidents Grant, Harding, Nixon, and Reagan
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In his well-researched volume about five presidents, Lawson finds some common threads: deceit, corruption, unethical behavior, and popularity. Grant's administration was tarnished by graft; greed for oil reserves led to the Teapot Dome scandal during Harding's presidency; Nixon's legacy to America was Watergate; and the Iran-Contra scandal is unfolded in the section on Reagan. In each profile, Lawson provides information about family background, education, and the rise to politics. He does not draw many parallels between the transgressors, but does set the dishonorable activities in historical context and suggests some possible reasons for the presidential pitfalls. Supporting material quoted from congressional hearings and the media are not footnoted; a list of further readings and a thorough index are helpful appendices. This is for an older audience than the "Encyclopedia of Presidents" series (Childrens), so both librarians and teachers, as well as students, will find it useful for expanding on topics usually only touched upon in social studies textbooks. A single black-and-white photograph of each man is included. --Miriam Hansen, Eau Claire Public Schools, WI
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Book Description Enslow Pub Inc, 1990. Library Binding. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110894902474