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Author McCartney has written a complex and at times ribald tale about the granddaddy of all political scandals, the Teapot Dome Scandal

On Tuesday March 11 at 7:30 p.m. the Friends of the Library presents Laton McCartney, author of The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country (Random House).

In this work, acclaimed author McCartney tells the amazing, complex, and at times ribald story of how Big Oil handpicked Warren G. Harding, an obscure Ohio senator, to serve as our twenty-third President. Mix hundreds of millions of dollars in petroleum reserves; rapacious oil barons and crooked politicians; under-the-table payoffs; murder, suicide, and blackmail; White House cronyism; and the excesses of the Jazz Age. The result: the granddaddy of all American political scandals, Teapot Dome. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

McCartney's book has been highly praised by Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal, and the author recently appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In giving us a gimlet-eyed but endlessly entertaining portrait of the men and women who made a tempest of Teapot Dome, McCartney again displays his gift for faithfully rendering history with the narrative touch of an accomplished novelist. He is the author of the national bestseller Friends in High Places: The Bechtel Story-The Most Secret Corporation and How It Engineered the World, and Across the Great Divide: Robert Stuart and the Discovery of the Oregon Trail. McCartney has written extensively on business, finance, and politics for many national magazines. He and his wife divide their time between New York and Wyoming.

McCartney's appearance kicks off a spring chock full of author appearances planned by the Friends. These include Columbia professor Edward Mendelson giving the annual Ruth D. Bogen Lecture on Sunday afternoon April 27 at 2 p.m. on his book, The Things That Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say About the Stages of Life; a panel on crime fiction featuring five notable crime/mystery writers on Monday evening April 28; and the annual Richard D. Whittemore Book & Author Luncheon on Thursday May 8 featuring biographer Laurence Bergreen (Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu) and novelist Brian Hall (Fall of Frost, a novel based on the life of America's most well-known poet). For more information see the library calendar or pwpl.org/fol.


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