The Teapot Dome Scandal

The Teapot Dome Scandal

How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country

Book - 2009
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In this amazing and at times ribald story, Laton McCartney tells how Big Oil handpicked Warren G. Harding, an obscure Ohio senator, to serve as our twenty-third president. Harding and his "oil cabinet" made it possible for cronies to secure vast fuel reserves that had been set aside for use by the U.S. Navy. In exchange, the oilmen paid off senior government officials, bribed newspaper publishers, and covered the GOP campaign debt. When news of the scandal finally emerged, the consequences were disastrous. Drawing on contemporary records newly made available to McCartney, The Teapot Dome Scandal reveals a shocking, revelatory picture of just how far-reaching the affair was, how high the stakes, and how powerful the conspirators-all told in a dazzling narrative style.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2009, c2008
ISBN: 9780812973372
Branch Call Number: 973.914 M12t1
Characteristics: xiv, 351 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm


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Dec 12, 2016

An interesting book.
It breaks down a period of history I was always told was "complicated and boring". It is complicated but it comes down to; 3 men made about half a zillion dollars each BECAUSE they did it in a complicated way.
What they did was wrong, but not illegal.
It took 3 years to get things back to "normal" and no one went to jail.

The bigger lesson is that political crimes are NEVER solved in a satisfying way. We get into trouble one tiny political scheme at a time, and we get out of them one crumby hearing and national finger shaking at a time.
No one rides in on a white horse with a sword and solves things. It is hard work, and indecisive.
And this is the patriotism we all need to practice.

gramercygal Feb 23, 2013

Sounds familiar (in today's politics) vis-a-vis the Keystone Pipeline, and the phony war we got into in Iraq. It's all about the oil.

not to mention the Bank Bailouts that the taxpayers funded (and are continuing to get screwed with)

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