The Teapot Dome Scandal

The Teapot Dome Scandal

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

Book - 2008
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"Mix hundreds of millions of dollars in petroleum reserves; rapacious oil barons and crooked politicians; under-the-table payoffs; murder, suicide, and blackmail; White House cronyism; and the excesses of the Jazz Age. The result: the granddaddy of all American political scandals, Teapot Dome." "In the Teapot Dome Scandal, acclaimed author Laton McCartney tells the amazing, complex, and at times ribald story of how Big Oil handpicked Warren G. Harding, an obscure Ohio senator, to serve as our twenty-third president. Harding and his so-called "oil cabinet" made it possible for the oilmen to secure vast fuel reserves that had been set aside for wartime 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 for the nation and for the principles in the plot to bilk the taxpayers: Harding's administration was hamstrung; Americans' confidence in their government plummeted; Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall was indicted, convicted, and incarcerated; and others implicated in the affair suffered similarly dire fates. Stonewalling by members of Harding's circle kept a lid on the story - witnesses developed "family" memories or fled the country, and important documents went missing - but contemporary records newly made available to McCartney reveal a shocking, revelatory picture of just how far - reaching the affair was, how high the stakes, and how powerful the conspirators."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781400063161
1400063167
Branch Call Number: 973.914 MCCARTNE
Characteristics: xiv, 351 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm.

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Mfhardin
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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