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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (206 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laton McCartney Narrator: William Hughes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Teapot Dome scandal of the early 1920s was all about oil—hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of petroleum. When the scandal finally broke, the consequences were tremendous. President Harding’s legacy was forever tarnished, while “Oil Cabinet” member Albert Fall was forced to resign and was imprisoned for a year. Others implicated in the affair suffered prison terms, commitment to mental hospitals, suicide, and even murder.          

The Republican Party and the oil-company CEOs scrambled to cover their tracks and were mostly successful. Key documents mysteriously disappeared; important witnesses suffered sudden losses of memory. Though a special investigation was authorized, the scope of the wrongdoing was contained by administration stonewalling. But newly surfaced information indicates that the scandal was even bigger than originally thought.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A terrific tale that resonates nearly a century on, at a time when many people are still wondering about the connections between Big Oil and politicians at the highest levels.”

    Jon Meacham, author of Franklin and Winston

  • “This is a story that has it all—a Jazz Age background, a pleasure-loving president surrounded by booze and chorus girls, boomtown capitalists from the Wild West [and] conniving politicians.”

    New York Times

  • “The most thorough treatment of the scandals to date.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Titillating, tantalizing…The book reads like a novel. McCartney’s cast of characters jumps off the page.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “A cautionary tale of what happens when corrupt and indifferent public officials give an industry undue influence over public policy.”

    Denver Post

  • “The greatest story of government scandal ever told…Hughes has a laudable knack with the numerous quotes, using subtle changes in his word stress to set them apart without employing annoying pauses or hundreds of characterizations.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Darryl | 2/17/2014

    " You may think this is a very boring topic to read about, but if you like American political history, like I do, you'll find it a quick read. Warren G. Harding has to be one of the most corrupt presidents ever, and he didn't even serve a complete term. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christopher Sutch | 1/29/2014

    " This is a very readable account of a very complex (and strangely familiar...) scandal involving crooked politicians, businessmen, and sheer bureaucratic idiocy of the highest order. It's rather amazing that Republicans are still acting the way they did back in the 1920s (and most Democrats, too, of course). I only knew the bare outlines of this scandal before, mostly through the lens of accounts of the Watergate scandal, but McCartney skillfully untangles the complexity of the conspiracy and the major figures involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Beth Bruner | 1/3/2014

    " Occasionally the jumps in time are a bit odd, but over-all a fascinating story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kim | 1/3/2014

    " Let me sum this up: Greedy people suck. "

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About the Author

Laton McCartney is the author of the national bestseller Friends in High Places. He divides his time between Wyoming and New York City.