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3.35 out of 53.35 out of 53.35 out of 53.35 out of 53.35 out of 5 3.35 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Farquhar Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2003 ISBN: 9781440744211
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Following on the heels of his national bestseller A Treasury of Royal Scandals, Michael Farquhar turns his attention to matters a little closer to home. From the unhappy family relationships of prominent Americans to the feuds, smear campaigns, duels, and infamous sex scandals that have punctuated our history, we see our Founding Fathers and other American heroes in the course of their all-too-human events. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] entertaining collection.” 

    Publishers Weekly 

  • “The reading by Johnny Heller is appropriately nuanced for both the tragic and comic cases, and the production is typical of the solid professionalism one expects from Recorded Books.” 

    Audiofile 

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrjeffreymiller | 2/20/2014

    " Not the most scholarly, and it's not so frankly smutty as one might assume. but worth the read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. Davidson | 2/18/2014

    " A wonderful quick read that is filled with interesting trivia about US History! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/17/2014

    " Educational and fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayla | 2/14/2014

    " Everyone likes a good scandal. American scandals are interesting, but Mr. Farquhar's book on Royal scandals is even more interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor Garner | 2/8/2014

    " It's not as good as it looks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tresuiri | 1/27/2014

    " Living in the 1800s sucked more than you can imagine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lavonne | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, a dollar find at a YMCA book sale. While some of the scandals were familiar, others were shocking. I loved seeing the legends debunked. Benjamin Franklin, so famous for his lightning experiment, actually let his son run around in the field during the storm, while he watched from the shelter of a barn. Reading about all the hijinks and misbehavior of our country's leaders did renforce to me that we have invented nothing. Like it says on the back cover of the book, we just have better media coverage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Ann | 1/12/2014

    " This was light and fun and it was an interesting visit into history. Funny, when we don't get 24 hour news feeds how many things can happen that are never heard of or rarely acknowledged. It was fun to read about the founding fathers, political icons and ?the good old days". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/2/2014

    " This was an enjoyable light read. Lots of short stories that were new to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 12/31/2013

    " Read this after my trip to Washington DC... quite an eye opener and fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 12/4/2013

    " If you like the USA Today/Wikipedia of history, this might be the book for you...not very in depth and most the stories I had heard before. Too much Salem Witch Trial. The Nixon tapes piece was pretty good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 10/5/2013

    " Not as good as I hoped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 9/25/2013

    " Gossip for history buffs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellis | 9/24/2013

    " I never knew we had a gay president. (An opinion - or whatever - corroborated in Rethinking our Past.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghann | 9/24/2013

    " This was a totally interesting read in the beginning although it did start to lag towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 8/27/2013

    " Great compliation of random bits of American history. If you're looking for a fun historical factoids, this is a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tatrd | 7/27/2013

    " Very interesting non-fiction account of American political figures throughout history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Darrow | 3/8/2013

    " A fairly standard collection of scandals and other seedy stories. Many of them are well known, but there are some new ones. Some chapters and sections have a tendency to drag on with unnecessary details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kayepants | 11/3/2012

    " I love these books! The Royal Scandals are a lot more interesting than the American Scandals, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 6/24/2012

    " Another 'scandelous' book about our American history. Very interesting listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samara | 5/18/2012

    " I think I read this book at a perfect time in American politics. Some of the historical accounts in this book make today's political crazies look down right tame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Preeta | 4/7/2012

    " short, well-written, informative and funny chapters. the things you don't know about history but should...history repeats itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 2/16/2012

    " Defnitely, an easy and light read that breezes over the swath of history. However, not having known previously the exhumations of Thomas Paine or John Paul Jones or the ends of Francis Scott Key's son or explorer Lewis, I got much out of this collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 1/23/2012

    " A slow but enlightening read. May take quite a while to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rmwittig | 1/3/2012

    " Interesting and tintillating - nothing has changed in politics from the time of the founding fathers to now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tatrd | 4/11/2011

    " Very interesting non-fiction account of American political figures throughout history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 2/16/2011

    " Great compliation of random bits of American history. If you're looking for a fun historical factoids, this is a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 8/14/2010

    " This was an enjoyable light read. Lots of short stories that were new to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Micah | 7/14/2010

    " Very boring at times, but I thoroughly enjoyed most of the information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 5/16/2010

    " Must Read - 1
    Kept My Attention - 5
    Important - 1
    Well-written - 5
    Accessible - 5 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 2/3/2010

    " If you like the USA Today/Wikipedia of history, this might be the book for you...not very in depth and most the stories I had heard before. Too much Salem Witch Trial. The Nixon tapes piece was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/23/2010

    " Another 'scandelous' book about our American history. Very interesting listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 9/17/2009

    " Not necessarily enlightening, but definitely entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 8/23/2009

    " A slow but enlightening read. May take quite a while to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrjeffreymiller | 4/25/2009

    " Not the most scholarly, and it's not so frankly smutty as one might assume. but worth the read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 2/4/2009

    " The perfect car book. Short, interesting sections that held my attention while waiting in carpool line or at the orthodontist's office, but okay to put down for a few days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kayepants | 11/12/2008

    " I love these books! The Royal Scandals are a lot more interesting than the American Scandals, though. "

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About the Author
Michael Farquhar, a former writer and editor at The Washington Post, is the bestselling author of the critically praised Behind the Palace Doors, as well as the national bestsellers A Treasury of Royal Scandals, A Treasury of Great American Scandals, A Treasury of Deception, and A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans. His work has been featured in a number of national publications, and he has appeared as a commentator on such programs as History’s top-rated Russia: Land of the Tsars and The French Revolution.
About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards.