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The Book of Bastards: 101 Worst Scoundrels and Scandals from the World of Politics and Power

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Move over, Benedict Arnold . . .

Oh to be sure, America's first traitor is one of the 101 bastards you will find in this one-of-a-kind account of bad guys in Washington. But compared to some of the gross misconduct in this frighteningly funny history book, well, let's just say he's in good company. This page-turner of a potboiler reveals all the dirtiest little secrets read
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 18th 2010 by Adams Media (first published July 18th 2010)
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Steve Chaput
Nov 08, 2011 Steve Chaput rated it really liked it
The author, Brian Thornton (who has written several of the "Everything Kids" books), does a great, tongue-in-cheek job of looking at the men and women who have created political scandals in American history. From pre-Colonial times to the end of the George W. Bush administration, with jabs at both sides of the political aisle. Thornton doesn't hide his contempt for many of these folks and even some of the most respected of Presidents and statesmen have their particular 'bastard' schemes revealed ...more
Bob Cantrell
Nov 23, 2016 Bob Cantrell rated it it was amazing
It is amazing just how many people have done some pretty rotten things through out our history and gotten away with it. Now I will say that some of these people may not in my opinion deserve the title of bastard, but the author States at the start of this book some of the chosen may not be bastards to everyone. This is true. Some of the chosen are more like idiots than bastards. It is just like one man's trash is another man's treasure, so it is with bastards. Whatever your take on the issue thi ...more
Ben Burdick
Jan 15, 2014 Ben Burdick rated it really liked it
I found this to be a very interesting read that chronicles the misdeeds of 101 unscrupulous people, or as Brian Thorton would call them, bastards. By the last page, I had grown weary of hearing the word bastard. I would have appreciated more sources so that when I cite these tales I am not simply citing this book as the primary source. Overall, it was a captivating read that I was comfortably able to finish in one day. By the 101 scoundrel, my sentiments of frustration with American politics had ...more
Jan 22, 2017 Allison rated it liked it
I did not read this book in the optimal environment. i was very busy and had checked it out of the library and so had to speed read through a lot of the material. However it is a very interesting collection of facts, perfect for school projects or for learning about the seedy underbelly of American politics. This country was created and maintained by great men and women, but they were by no means perfect and they were surrounded by more than their share of scumbags. Not to mention the great men ...more
May 23, 2013 Elysa rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
Good information, but repetitive. After the first few chapters, I was tired of hearing the word bastard. There are plenty of synonyms he could have used. I also didn't like the chapter on James Buchanan, because the majority of it talked about his sexuality. Was the author trying to say he was a bastard because he was gay? A few of the people he chose didn't really seem bad enough to be counted in the top 100 baddest bastards. Maybe America just hasn't had the time to have 100 strong contenders ...more
Chase Parsley
Jun 08, 2013 Chase Parsley rated it really liked it
Gripes: no visuals/illustrations, evidence not cited, misleading title (these are all American politicians only). Positives: Thornton is a master story-teller and entertained the heck out of me. In particular, I came away with some wonderful insights on the robber baron types from post-Civil War industrial America. Well worth a read.
Aug 09, 2011 Zack rated it liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
This book was a just-for-fun read. In chronological order starting from the beginning of the U.S. to present day. It covered many high profile politicians and many presidents. From sex scandals to fraud and bribes.
Jul 14, 2013 Mike rated it did not like it
This should be a much bigger book than what it is. Scant details and no sources are quoted, important things to have when you're calling people bastards, especially when they're still alive to come back and sue you for libel.
Dec 28, 2012 Scotti rated it it was amazing
Fantastic - and educational.
Jul 25, 2015 Artie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good idea and I enjoyed reading it but the execution is flawed. The research, proofing and editing is sloppy. Recommended for loading on a portable device and reading in short doses.
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Brian Thornton earned his B.A. in History from Gonzaga University and both his B.A.E. (English) and M.A. (History) from Eastern Washington University. Since entering the teaching profession in 1993, he has taught at every level from sixth grade through college, serving on a variety of committees at both the middle and high school levels, working on numerous teaching teams, and mentoring countless ...more
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