Warren G. Harding (The American Presidents #29)
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...more
I waffled back and forth on what to rate this one. Clearly, John Dean was on a mission here to clear Harding's name. This is an understandable impulse. Harding is regularly trashed in history as one of the worst (if not the worst) President of all time. The way Dean sees it, Harding is a victim of scandals from his administration and his personal documents being unavailable for many years following his death. Dean makes a case that Harding was much bel ...more
Up first is Warren Harding, longtime favorite of my father, who is a fan presidential history, because of all of the juicy tales of corruption and intrigue around his death. That is until he read this book.
Many of the authors in this series are fans or apologists for their subjects, as is the case with John Dean. And I smi ...more
Dean probab ...more
“Warren G. Harding” by John W. Dean was published in 2004 and is a member of The American Presidents series. Dean is an author, columnist and political commentator. Among his nearly dozen books are “Worse than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush” and “The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It.”
Dean served as White House Counsel for Richard Nixon between July 1970 and April 1973. In connection with his role in the Watergate scandal, ...more
Dean's effort is one in a series - The American President Series - of whi ...more
Dean makes a persuasive case that Harding was a much better president than popular sentiment has made him. There has ...more
Dean presents a very strong case that President Harding was not among the most incompetent Presidents; how ...more
In undertaking a reassessment and rehabilitation of Harding's image, Dean also gave me pause to remember Napoleon's & Churchill's admonitions about who writes "history" and to always take what I think I know from what I had been taught in school with a grain of salt.
I like the American Pres ...more
"Let who has felt compute the strain Of struggle with abuses strong, The doubtful course, the helpless pain Of seeing b ...more
But on the good foot, considering what I heard about President Harding, it's good to sorta see him in a positive light even if he did kinda screw up while in office.
Overall, the book wasn't terribl ...more
Having just read a biography of Woodrow Wilson, I find it interesting the difference in general perception.
Wilson is seen as a hero or at least a visionary by many and Harding is seen as one of the worst presidents.
I can only give Wilson credit for the League of Nations; everything else he did was a disappointment.
Harding, on the other hand, at least tried. He had good intentions in te ...more