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Fluke

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
So begins the tale of one of the most tragic figures in modern American history, as seen through the rather astigmatic vision of his mistress.In America, anybody can become president. In 1920, anybody did. Harding was a strikingly handsome man, a high school graduate of impenetrable ignorance whose only two qualifications for the presidency were that he looked and sounded ...more
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Permanent Press (NY)
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Peg
Mar 23, 2016 Peg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a historical fiction book about President William Harding and how he became the nominee to run and win the presidency, thus the title Fluke. It also tells us about the love he shared with a young lady during this time and the scandal that he was involved in, Teapot Dome. It may be fiction, but most of it is true. The narration is divided up between Harding and Britton, the young lady who loves him. I like this approach because I feel the reader gets to know both people and how they feel. ...more
Gerald Guy
Apr 08, 2016 Gerald Guy rated it it was amazing
"Fluke" is absolutely the best book I've read in 2016, and I read four or five each month. Perhaps it is because it mirrors the political climate of today or perhaps the fact that I'm an Ohioan and wanted to know more about Warren G. Harding, our 29th president and native of Marion OH.
What I discovered was a cleverly crafted tale that clung to the historical detail of a presidency maligned by treachery, deceit and downright criminal behavior by cabinet members. Much like today, Harding rose to
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Liz Banks
May 06, 2016 Liz Banks rated it really liked it
This was an historical novel about Warren Gamaliel Harding's Presidency and his rise to Presidency narrated by his mistress. It was truly delightful, beginning with his funeral procession through Medina Ohio where he is searching the crowd for his pregnant mistress. He was the perfect town alderman who got along with people so well that he eventually became President over one of the most corrupt administrations in history. He died in office having served 2 1/2 years - beginning to see people for ...more
Michelle (Champ)
Apr 10, 2016 Michelle (Champ) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I list Warren G Harding at the worst President ever, so I was surprised that I wanted to buy this book. I think the time period sucked me in...I am going to admit, I am glad it did. The writing bothered me just a tad as it would switch from first to third person. I enjoying the first person views better, but Nan could not have been in every scene and much of the story would have to be left out. I did enjoy the story, very much so; but I still believe Warren G Harding is the worst ...more
Dennis O'Leary
Much of this book is written in the first person, which makes it different, but for the most part the convention works. I admittedly knew very little of Warren Harding. I knew he was from Ohio, I knew he had affairs while in the White House, and I knew his administration was plagued with corruption, Teapot Dome. I did not know he was a reluctant candidate or that he died in office. Nor did I know that he fathered a child with his mistress. Easy read and while it was fiction it was very factual.
Russ
Apr 12, 2016 Russ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True Historical Fiction

I enjoyed that this work of fiction because it is essentially true. Warren G Harding comes across as a wonderful person who was genuine in his relations with others and well centered in his understanding of himself. Nan is portrayed as a naive, starstruck young lady that lives completely devoted to Mr. Harding. A well written book that consistently maintains ones interest beginning to end.
Writemoves
A quick read into the alleged affair between President Warren Harding and Nan Britton. Britton comes off as very naive but very much in love with the married Harding. Some sketchy details about the Tea Pot Dome and other scandals during the Harding administration. Harding is portrayed as being very overmatched for the job as President. A love story without a happy ending...
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