Political Suicide

Political Suicide

by Erin McHugh

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Overview

Political Suicide is a history of the best and most interesting missteps, peccadilloes, bad calls, back room hijinks, sordid pasts, rotten breaks, and just plain dumb mistakes in the annals of American politics. They have tweeted their private parts to women they're trying to impress. They have gotten caught on tape doing and saying things they really shouldn't have. They have denied knowing about the underhanded doings of underlings — only to have a paper trail lead straight back to them. Nowadays, it seems like half of what we hear about politicians isn't about laws or governing, but is instead coverage focused on shenanigans, questionable morals, and scandals too numerous to count. And while we shake our heads in disbelief, we still can't resist poring over the details of these notorious incidents. In Political Suicide, the foibles of our politicians are brought from the tabloid pages to this entertaining — and cautionary — tale of American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681777993
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Erin McHugh is a former publishing executive and the award-winning author of more than twenty books of popular nonfiction, trivia, and history. She has written for Bloomberg News, TimeOut New York, and GreenSource, and is a contributing writer at Better Homes & Gardens. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

The Many Faces of Death 1

Aaron Burr (1756-1836) 3

Jonathan Cilley (1802-1838) 6

Daniel Sickles (1819-1914) 9

Philemon T. Herbert (1825-1864) 13

Arthur Brown (1843-1906) 17

Henry Denhardt (1876-1937) 22

Marion Zioncheck (1901-1936) 25

Douglas R. Stringfellow (1922-1966) 29

R. Budd Dwyer (1939-1987) 32

Dan White (1946-1985) 36

Money & Finances 41

Caleb Lyon (1822-1875) 43

James William Tate (1831-?) 47

Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011) 51

Rita Crundwell (1953-) 53

Slavery, Bigotry & Racism 57

Richard M. Johnson (1780-1850) 59

James Henry Hammond (1807-1864) 62

James Thomas Heflin (1869-1951) 65

Theodore G. Bilbo (1877-1947) 69

Earl Butz (1909-2008) 73

Cornelia Genevieve Gjesdahl (1912-1996) 76

John V. Briggs (1930-) 80

David Ernest Duke (1950-) 83

Conspiracy, Bribery & Fraud 87

Eugene Edward Schmitz (1864-1928) 89

Ma and Pa Ferguson

James Edward Ferguson (1871-1944)

Miriam A. Ferguson (1875-1961) 93

James Michael Curley (1874-1958) 97

Jimmy Walker (1881-1946) 101

William Longer (1886-1959) 106

J. Parnell Thomas (1895-1970) 109

Llewelyn Sherman Adams (1899-1986) 113

The Mitchells

John N. Mitchell (1913-1988)

Martha Mitchell (1918-1976) 117

Spiro T. Agnew (1918-1996) 120

Bess Myerson (1924-2014) 123

Daniel Rostenkowski (1928-2010) 127

Mel Reynolds (1952-) 132

Rod Blagojevich (1956-) 136

Michael Grimm (1970-) 140

No Guts, No Glory 143

William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) 145

James Buchanan (1791-1868) 148

Edward Muskie (1914-1996) 152

Crazy in the Capitol 155

Samuel J. Tilden (1814-1886) 157

Preston Brooks (1819-1857) 160

Thomas Lindsay Blanton (1872-1957) 163

Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (1908-1972) 166

Indicted, Censured & Impeached 171

Matthew Lyon (1749-1822) 173

Robert Potter (1800-1842) 176

The Phone-Jamming Scandal (2002) 179

Judges & Fixers 183

John Pickering (1737-1805) 185

Martin Thomas Manton (1880-1946) 187

Abe Fortas (1910-1982) 190

G. Harrold Carswell (1919-1992) 195

Lee Atwater (1951-1991) 199

Sex & Other Vices 203

Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) 205

David Ignatius Walsh (1872-1947) 209

Wilbur Mills (1909-1992) 212

Betty Ford (1918-2011) 216

John G. Schmitz (1930-2001) 218

Bob Packwood (1932- ) 222

Marion Barry (1936-2014) 225

Government Hijinx 229

James Wolfe Ripley (1794-1870) 231

The Petticoot Affair (1830-1831) 233

The Whiskey Ring (1875) 238

The Teapot Dome Scandal (1921-1924) 241

Abscom (1978-1980) 244

…And Plain Old Random Nuttiness 249

Murray Hail (c. 1840-1901) 251

Yetta Bronstein (?-?) 254

Acknowledgments 257

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