The Teapot Dome Scandal by Laton McCartney
How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country

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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 oil 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 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 “faulty” 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.

In giving us a gimlet-eyed but endlessly entertaining portrait of the men and women who made a tempest of Teapot Dome, Laton McCartney again displays his gift for faithfully rendering history with the narrative touch of an accomplished novelist.

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About Laton McCartney

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Laton McCartney is the author of the national bestseller Friends in High Places: The Bechtel Story-The Most Secret Corporation and How It Engineered the World and Across the Great Divide: Robert Stuart and the Discovery of the Oregon Trail. McCartney has written extensively on business, finance, and politics for many national magazines. He and his wife, Nancy, divide their time between Wyoming and New York.From the Hardcover edition.
Published March 25, 2008 by Random House. 368 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Scandals in Washington come and go, but Teapot Dome remains one of the real humdingers: a Jazz Age affair in which a handful of oil tycoons and corrupt government officials nearly managed to make away with a hefty percentage of the nation’s petroleum reserves.

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Deseret News

The author calls Harding's Cabinet "the oil cabinet," and he implies that the Bush administration will eventually be proved to be "the oil and gas administration."

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