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The Latin american policy of Warren G. Harding : with preface (The American presidency)
The Latin american policy of Warren G. Harding : with preface (The American presidency)
by Kenneth J Grieb
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly balance, but Tedious, 9 July 2009
Be prepared for very dull reading...it's a sleeper. The author tries to put a good face on Harding's foreign policy in Latin America, but it doesn't quite come off. Harding was out of his element, even admitting he should never have been elected to the office. Because of his own insecurity, he stated he would appoint to his key cabinet positions (State and Treasury) only "the best Minds." Nothing in his career had prepared him for being president, and the author does not give this point much consideration, if any at all. Intellectually limited, Harding's thinking, bounded by the clichés, well-worn maxims, and certitudes of small-town America, he lacked understanding of the forces at work in the postwar United States: a mix of social change and moral crisis; economic opportunity and massive economic dislocation. It is, therefore, disappointing to see this author give much of the credit to President Harding for the limited successes in foreign policy, instead of the competent Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes, and several key State Department players. It's somewhat balanced, too much in Harding's favor, and way too tedious and boring.


Warren G. Harding--The Man
Warren G. Harding--The Man
by Joe Mitchell Chapple
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mostly fluff and no Substance, 8 July 2009
This is a re-print of a book by Joe Mitchell Chapple originally written in 1924, as a tribute to Harding. He wrote without any real information, private Harding papers, or hard evidence of his scandalous affairs. Chapple wrote when the Teapot Dome scandal was just emerging during Coolidge's administration, but he was a Harding devotee to the core. Most of the public scandals and all of the private ones were revealed only after Harding died in office in 1923. It is very remarkable that any information surfaced at all. Because on the eve of his funeral, his wife Florence, returned to the white House and began a systematic burning of Harding's papers, which continued for five evenings. When Coolidge and his wife moved into the White House, Florence burned even more at Friendship, the sprawling estate of her friend Mrs. McLean, owner with her husband of The Washington Post. For six weeks, she destroyed some in a bonfire, others in a potbellied stove, and some letters in a suitcase in which she carried them. This began the most calculated censorship in presidential history...and it has continued even to this day. The Memorial Association which runs the Harding home (and not with the government National Park Service), with the Ohio Historical Society, and the Harding family, has full control of what is released about Harding's personal life. In fact, the family brought a lawsuit to sequester until 2014, the love letters Harding wrote to one of his sexual partners, Carrie Phillips. Chapple's book is all fluff, with no substance. But then again, Warren G. Harding had more to hide than most.


London's Burning - Series 9 - Complete [DVD]
London's Burning - Series 9 - Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ Glen Murphy

5.0 out of 5 stars This is Hot, 4 May 2009
This is one of the hottest series ever to hit the telley. It has all the excitement and cliffhangers in each episode. Too bad this series has been shut down.


London's Burning - Series 10 - Complete [1997] [DVD]
London's Burning - Series 10 - Complete [1997] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Glen Murphy

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Series about Firemen ever Produced, 4 May 2009
I have throughly enjoyed this series. Nothing has ever been produced in the U.S. that approaches the high caliber of this saga concerning fire personnel, their spouses, lovers, and the "shouts" involving burning buildings, houses, and other mishaps. I can't wait to see series 11.


The Presidency of Warren G. Harding (American Presidency Series)
The Presidency of Warren G. Harding (American Presidency Series)
by Eugene P. Trani
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standard Academic Treatment of Harding Presidency, 2 May 2009
Authors Trani and Wilson present an excellent background to the politics of the 1920's as preparation for their treatment of the Harding presidency. Although they seem to write a middle-of-the-road treatment of the Harding scandals, they perhaps need to do a revised edition as there have been new revelations about the extent of Warren Harding's scandalous behavior.


Warren G. Harding: A Bibliography (Meckler's Bibliographies of the Presidents of the United States)
Warren G. Harding: A Bibliography (Meckler's Bibliographies of the Presidents of the United States)
by Richard G. Frederick
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Resource for Warren Harding research, 2 May 2009
A rather dated, but still comprehensive list of most articles, books, and papers available from 1920's through early 1990's concerning Warren Harding's life and presidency.


London's Burning - Series 8 [DVD]
London's Burning - Series 8 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Glen Murphy

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Series, 2 May 2009
Now on my 3rd series of London's Burning, I highly recommend this. It's an excellent real-life picture of working Firemen and women in real-world experiences.


Grace Coolidge: The People's Lady in Silent Cal's White House (Modern First Ladies)
Grace Coolidge: The People's Lady in Silent Cal's White House (Modern First Ladies)
by Robert H. Ferrell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 24.61

3.0 out of 5 stars Light and Entertaining, But No Serious Research, 25 April 2009
Robert Ferrell has given us a sweepingly short biography of First Lady Grace Coolidge, but without any real new information. He mentions Dr. Joel Boone's papers in his "bibliographic essay," but fails to show how he used them in any extensive way, except to continually mention that Grace confided her feelings privately to him....where are the examples?...and why are sources not cited?

He makes many brief teasing references to Grace and Calvin's marital difficulties, but nothing in detail; omitting anything new and substantive about the President's relationship with his older son John. Ferrell's research on the death of Calvin, Jr. and its effect on the family is very thin.

In touching on the Harding scandals during the Coolidge presidency, Ferrell attempts to, as in other books he has written, rehabilitate Harding's' reputation by refuting what is now fact: that Harding had affairs with Nan Britton and Carrie Phillips, even though these are but two of many, and are well documented.

A charming book, but don't look for anything new here. His badly documented "bibliographic essay" takes pot-shots at other authors, and makes several statements that much of the material and papers available are "uninteresting." I could say the same for this book. One would hope that another historian who knows how to do serious research will step up to the plate and produce something with more substance and stop complaining about what is not available, as he does with every set of papers listed in his "Bibliographic Essay."


Presidential Leadership, Illness, and Decision Making
Presidential Leadership, Illness, and Decision Making
by Rose McDermott
Edition: Paperback
Price: 20.52

3.0 out of 5 stars Old Ground Covered, with Some Surprises, 25 April 2009
Professor McDermott did a good job with the chapter on the JFK presidency; with an excellent attention-getting sidebar about Eisenhower's heart attack in the introduction. But the Woodrow Wilson and FDR chapters were a re-hash of old "news." Recent clinical data was ignored; several recent professional books and clinical studies were omitted from the bibliography; even one of the Dr's names who appeared at the FDR deathbed was misspelled. I also found the index lacking a thoroughness that is seen in academic treatments of this subject area. The author does get applause for rightly holding Wilson's and FDR's doctors accountable for their malpractice and disinformation campaigns. Too bad new information that has been available since 2003, which gives a different diagnosis other than polio for FDR, was omitted. I direct readers to Dr. Goldsmith's "A Conspiracy of Silence," (about FDR); and Dr. Weinstein's "Woodrow Wilson: A Medical and Psychological Biography" for a complete picture. As a historian with extensive research background in presidential illness, it was a good read...but don't look for any new surprises, except in the JFK chapter


A Conspiracy of Silence: The Health and Death of Franklin D. Roosevelt
A Conspiracy of Silence: The Health and Death of Franklin D. Roosevelt
by Harry S. Goldsmith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written, Well Researched, 25 April 2009
This is the best book published on the death of FDR in the last 10 years! The research is outstanding and Dr. Goldsmith leaves no stone unturned in reviewing all of FDR's health problems. Some of his findings are most interesting and suggest future lines of inquiry. His inclusion of the Joe Leib incident and the material on how and why Truman was picked as Vice-President makes this truly a real page-turner. Couldn't put this down. My highest recommendation.


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