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The Resource A time of scandal : Charles R. Forbes, Warren G. Harding, and the making of the Veterans Bureau, Rosemary Stevens

A time of scandal : Charles R. Forbes, Warren G. Harding, and the making of the Veterans Bureau, Rosemary Stevens

Label
A time of scandal : Charles R. Forbes, Warren G. Harding, and the making of the Veterans Bureau
Title
A time of scandal
Title remainder
Charles R. Forbes, Warren G. Harding, and the making of the Veterans Bureau
Statement of responsibility
Rosemary Stevens
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the early 1920s, with the nation still recovering from World War I, President Warren G. Harding founded a huge new organization to treat disabled veterans: the US Veterans Bureau, now known as the Department of Veterans Affairs. He appointed his friend, decorated veteran Colonel Charles R. Forbes, as founding director. Forbes lasted in the position for only eighteen months before stepping down under a cloud of criticism and suspicion. In 1926, Forbes was sent to Leavenworth Penitentiary, convicted by conspiracy to defraud the United States. Although he was known in his day as a drunken womanizer and a corrupt, betraying toady of a weak, blindsided president, the question persists: was Forbes a criminal or a scapegoat? Historian Rosemary Stevens tells this critical story anew, drawing on previously untapped records to reveal Forbes's role in America's initial and ongoing commitment to veterans. She explores how Forbes's rise and fall in Washington illuminates President Harding's efforts to bring business efficiency to government, and she examines the Veterans Bureau scandal in the context of class, professionalism, ethics, and etiquette in a rapidly changing world. Significantly, Stevens proposes a fascinating revisionist view of both Forbes and Harding and raises questions about the validity and the source of their notoriety. They did not defraud the government of billions of dollars, Stevens convincingly documents, and do not deserve the reputation they have carried for a hundred years. Packed with vibrant characters--conniving friends, rival politicians, wronged wives, plus FBI agents, gamblers, and revelers--A Time of Scandal will appeal to aficionados of political gossip, presidential politics, the "Ohio Gang," and the 1920s."--Dust jacket
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973.91/4092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E785
LC item number
.S74 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A time of scandal : Charles R. Forbes, Warren G. Harding, and the making of the Veterans Bureau, Rosemary Stevens
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. American dreams -- Hidden stories, fateful meetings -- Washington, DC, March-April 1921 -- The dream of efficiency in government -- Part II. Reality checks -- Harding's flagship program, the US Veterans Bureau -- High stakes: controlling veterans hospitals -- Hype, hooch and the art of the con -- Part III. Winds of change -- Taking a friend on a business trip west -- Harding resurgent: White House versus Forbes -- Transitions in 1923: Forbes's resignation to Harding's death -- Part IV. Scandal time -- Coolidge, common cause and the politics of scandal -- Rush to judgment: a Senate committee investigates Forbes -- Scandal weavers: scripting a story of rogues, graft and greed -- The trial of Charles R. Forbes -- Part V. Aftermath -- Making the best of it -- Charlie and Bob, masks and mirrors -- Coda
Control code
ocn942744978
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xviii, 376 pages
Isbn
9781421421308
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016010032
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)942744978
Label
A time of scandal : Charles R. Forbes, Warren G. Harding, and the making of the Veterans Bureau, Rosemary Stevens
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. American dreams -- Hidden stories, fateful meetings -- Washington, DC, March-April 1921 -- The dream of efficiency in government -- Part II. Reality checks -- Harding's flagship program, the US Veterans Bureau -- High stakes: controlling veterans hospitals -- Hype, hooch and the art of the con -- Part III. Winds of change -- Taking a friend on a business trip west -- Harding resurgent: White House versus Forbes -- Transitions in 1923: Forbes's resignation to Harding's death -- Part IV. Scandal time -- Coolidge, common cause and the politics of scandal -- Rush to judgment: a Senate committee investigates Forbes -- Scandal weavers: scripting a story of rogues, graft and greed -- The trial of Charles R. Forbes -- Part V. Aftermath -- Making the best of it -- Charlie and Bob, masks and mirrors -- Coda
Control code
ocn942744978
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xviii, 376 pages
Isbn
9781421421308
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016010032
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)942744978

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