The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Laton McCartney

Narrated By: William Hughes

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: February 2008

Duration: 10 hours 10 minutes

Summary:

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 imprisoned for a year. Others implicated in the affair suffered prison terms, 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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  • Daryl

    This book moves pretty fast and the writing flows pretty well. That said, it's very difficult to follow as it has a mind numbing amount of detail and quotes--so many that you can't see the forest for the trees. The book would be a lot better if it was writing with more of an over view of the events in mind.