Warren G. Harding

The American Presidents Series: The 29th President, 1921-1923

The American Presidents

John W. Dean; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

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President Nixon’s former counsel illuminates another presidency marked by scandal

Warren G. Harding may be best known as America’s worst president. Scandals plagued him: the Teapot Dome affair, corruption in the Veterans Bureau and the Justice Department, and the posthumous revelation of an extramarital affair.

Raised in Marion, Ohio, Harding took hold of the small town’s newspaper and turned it into a success. Showing a talent for local politics, he rose quickly to the U.S. Senate. His presidential campaign slogan, “America’s present need is not heroics but healing, not nostrums but normalcy,” gave voice to a public exhausted by the intense politics following World War I. Once elected, he pushed for legislation limiting the number of immigrants; set high tariffs to relieve the farm crisis after the war; persuaded Congress to adopt unified federal budget creation; and reduced income taxes and the national debt, before dying unexpectedly in 1923.

In this wise and compelling biography, John W. Dean—no stranger to controversy himself—recovers the truths and explodes the myths surrounding our twenty-ninth president’s tarnished legacy.

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  1Young HardingWarren Harding’s life began as the Civil War was ending. In the winter of 1864, George Tyron Harding, a Union solider—a fifer who had once shaken President Lincoln’s hand at the White House—was sent home to the Harding family farm near Blooming Grove, Ohio, and his new wife, Phoebe Elizabeth Dickerson, to recover from jaundice. The war was over before Tyron could return to his troops, and much to Phoebe’s relief, for she was carrying their first son, who arrived on November 2, 1865. Phoebe wanted to name him Winfield but her husband preferred a

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John W. Dean; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

John W. Dean served as Richard Nixon’s White House counsel for a thousand days. He is the author of two books recounting his days in the Nixon administration, Blind Ambition and Lost Honor, as well as Unmasking Deep Throat. A native of Marion, Ohio, he lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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Warren G. Harding
The American Presidents Series: The 29th President, 1921-1923
John W. Dean; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., General Editor

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
January 2004
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ISBN: 9781429997515
ISBN10: 1429997516
224 pages
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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
January 2004
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ISBN: 9780805069563
ISBN10: 0805069569
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
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