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Warren G. Harding: The American Presidents Series: The 29th President, 1921-1923

Warren G. Harding: The American Presidents Series: The 29th President, 1921-1923

(Book #29 in the American Presidents series)


Book Overview: Warren G. Harding: The American Presidents Series: The 29th President, 1921-1923

President Nixon's former counsel illuminates another presidency marked by scandal

Warren G. Harding may be best known as America's worst president. Scandals plagued him: the Teapot Dome affair, corruption in the Veterans Bureau and the Justice Department, and the posthumous revelation of an extramarital affair.

Raised in Marion, Ohio, Harding took hold of the small town's newspaper and turned it into a success. Showing a talent for local politics, he rose quickly to the U.S. Senate. His presidential campaign slogan, "America's present need is not heroics but healing, not nostrums but normalcy," gave voice to a public exhausted by the intense politics following World War I. Once elected, he pushed for legislation limiting the number of immigrants; set high tariffs to relieve the farm crisis after the war; persuaded Congress to adopt unified federal budget creation; and reduced income taxes and the national debt, before dying unexpectedly in 1923.

In this wise and compelling biography, John W. Dean--no stranger to controversy himself--recovers the truths and explodes the myths surrounding our twenty-ninth president's tarnished legacy.

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PublisherTimes Books
Publication Date2004-01-07
EditionFirst Edition
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Weight lbs
John W. Dean is an esteemed author renowned for his works examining the American political landscape, particularly those related to presidential abuse of power. He vaulted to public prominence while serving as White House counsel for President Nixon, from 1970 to 1973, where he played a pivotal role in the Watergate scandal. More than just a family attorney, Dean's legal career would propel him to key roles from the White House to the private sector, ultimately shaping him into a respected voice in legal and political circles. Born in 1938, Dean's early years in Akron, Ohio fortified his drive and determination. Those qualities combined with his legal talent earned him a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, charting his course on a trajectory that would influence American history. His career, marked by periods in the public light and the shadows of backroom politics, is highlighted by an unwavering dedication to justice and truth. Moving past his Watergate legacy, Dean transitioned from law into writing, applying his deep understanding of politics and law in prolific literature. Known for books such as "Blind Ambition", "The Nixon Defense", and "Authoritarian Nightmare", his writings possess an unequivocal honesty drawn from personal experience. Today, Dean enjoys a loyal readership who value his distinct blend of historical accuracy, legal awareness, and incisive critique of American politics.

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