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The Bloviator: Sex, Drugs, Fraud, Suicide, Murder, Scandal, Adultery, Quackery, Corruption, Superstition and President Warren G. Harding. Paperback – August 2, 2012

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"The fact that about 95% of what's in here is true makes it all the more absurd and hilarious." - Washington Review of Books

"At times a rambling incoherent mess - that's President Harding, the novel is brilliant." - Colophon Quarterly

"A Brilliant Mix of Fact and Fiction." - New Booklist

About the Author

JIM YOAKUM has been a professional writer for over thirty years. He is the author of non-fiction books, novels and is the screenwriter of three produced feature films. He has contributed articles to numerous magazines, websites and periodicals including Rolling Stone, The Onion and Goldmine. He was former writing partners with the late Graham Chapman of Monty Python and is U.S. Curator of the Graham Chapman Archives. He is also a professional musician. Some of his other writings can be seen at thearchivest.wordpress.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475279531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475279535
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Truth can be stranger than fiction, and the last days of President Warren G. Harding are a good example of this. Faced with impending scandals within his administration that were about to explode, corrupt advisors, failing health made worse by a quack of a physician, blackmailers attempting to exploit his numerous affairs, and an ambitious domineering wife, the President of the United States embarked on a cross-country train trip from Washington D.C. to Alaska in an effort to rehabilitate his chances for re-election. That's all the true stuff, but it's also the backdrop for Jim Yoakum's 2012 novel The Bloviator. ("Bloviating" was what Harding called his personal style of oratory.)

Amidst all of this, Yoakum injects a number of fictitious elements to the story, some based on speculation, others that are pure invention. These include a hallucinating (or possibly haunted) president, a first lady attuned to mystics and bent on becoming the first female President of the United States, a scheming and deceitful villainous Attorney-General (well, that's mostly true), and a number of steamy sex scenes one might expect from a lascivious President, but which one might not expect from some of the other characters in Harding's circle of influence. The ending is also something that probably never happened, that's all I'll say about that.

There are a number of mysteries contained in the true story of President Warren Gamaliel Harding and these are woven into this novel. Why did two of Harding's associates commit suicide? Why did Harding die suddenly after a group of reputable doctors predicted that he was over the worst of his illness? Why were his personal papers burned after his demise? And why did the first lady insist that there would be no autopsy after Harding's death?
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True? Not true? Doesn't matter, a great entertaining read. The story of President Harding's last few months, and the circus around him. You'll never see the presidency the same.
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