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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Another Book Giveaway

I finished this biography of first lady Florence Harding a few weeks ago. You can read more about it here.

There is quite a bit that is of interest in this book. As I read it, I couldn't help thinking of the old adage "the more things change, the more they stay the same". The only difference back in Florence Harding's days was the absence of the mass media as we know it today. Undoubtedly, the Harding administration would never have been able to get away with what it did - if Harding could have even been elected! - had there been anything like the "journalism" of today. There are shades of our most recent presidents here - shady oil deals and cronyism and inept management (Bush), numerous sex scandals (Clinton) - and Florence's own work in aid of the war veterans can't help but remind me of the present day problems at Walter Reed. Throw in psychics, quack doctors, illegitimate children, single motherhood, drug abuse and the allegations that Harding was secretly of "mixed race" (which seemingly caused less scandal back then then it probably would even now, sadly) - and well, there's a lot to read!

Email me if you would be interested in this book & as always, you have to promise to pay it forward. :)



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