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Dead last : the public memory of Warren G. Harding's scandalous legacy

Author: Phillip G Payne
Publisher: Athens : Ohio University Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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If George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are the saints in America's civil religion, then the twenty-ninth president, Warren G. Harding, is our sinner. Prior to the Nixon administration, the Harding scandals were the most infamous of the twentieth century. Harding is consistently judged a failure, ranking dead last among his peers. By examining the public memory of Harding, Phillip G. Payne offers the first  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Payne, Phillip G.
Dead last.
Athens : Ohio University Press, c2009
(OCoLC)682872332
Named Person: Warren G Harding; Warren G Harding; Warren G Harding; Warren G Harding; Warren G Harding
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phillip G Payne
ISBN: 9780821418185 0821418181 9780821418192 082141819X
OCLC Number: 263497919
Description: viii, 267 p., [6] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Questions asked --
The president's hometown --
Commemorating the tragedy of Warren Harding --
My damned biographers --
The shadow of William Estabrook Chancellor --
He-harlot --
Harding Alley --
Dead last.
Responsibility: Phillip G. Payne.

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