The Book of Bastards: 101 Worst Scoundrels and Scandals from the World of Politics and Power
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 r...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 18th 2010 by Adams Media Corporation
(first published July 18th 2010)
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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
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
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
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.
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...moreMore about Brian Thornton...