Saturday, May 16, 2015

Warren G. Harding

by John W. Dean

I don't have much to say about this biography, one of The American Presidents series. Harding has long been a contender for the title of Worst American President. The Teapot Dome scandal which surfaced after his death, the suppression of his personal papers, as well as a tell-all book accusing him of fathering a child with a mistress contributed to an image of Harding as a charismatic puppet, controlled by political cronies. Mr. Dean, after actually studying Harding's writings and career, begs to differ. He presents Harding as an intelligent, competent executive who, while not perfect, certainly managed to honestly carry out the duties of the President of the United States. Despite my common complaint that the book is too short, (where have all the meaty biographies gone?) I enjoyed reading it.

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