The Teapot Dome Scandal by Laton McCartney audiobook

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

By Laton McCartney
Read by William Hughes

Blackstone Publishing 9780812973372
10.15 Hours Unabridged
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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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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Laton McCartney

Author Bio: Laton McCartney

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

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English