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“A gleefully explicit catalogue of the past century’s headline-grabbing bad behavior…Catnip for scandal junkies, with a bit of historical perspective stirred in.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Fryd uses a snappy format to introduce 50 newsworthy (and occasionally cringe-worthy) dramas that caught the public’s attention. Informative!” — ALA Booklist

About the Author

Hallie Fryd is a writer living in Oakland, California. She studied history at Carnegie Mellon University and writes about politics and pop culture for her blog Pysched and Such. This is her first book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books; Original edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982732201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982732205
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,780,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Teppei Ando on February 29, 2012
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I'm thoroughly enjoying reading this book. I can't call myself a history buff because I on't have any minor degrees to show for it. But I'm often turning to historic events and persons for entertainment. I catch STUFF YOUR MISSED IN HISTORY podcast every week, and I'm kind of a sucker for those over dramatic History Channel specials.
This book, Scandalous stands out from other historic anthologies I've gone through. The stories are interesting, some you may know, some you may not but they're all broken down in a solid format. First the author gives you the facts and events, and then you get the aftermath (which is often the part I like best. I love hearing the impact and how the lives turned out after the "scandal".), you read how it relate-able today, and finally some quote from the time of the event.
It seems like a weird thing to point out, but I also like the size of the book. Its dense, sure. But it's not a huge bulking yellow paged size book like other books of its kind I've read. They're usually so big it's annoying to carry it, or even keep in your bathroom if you, like me, enjoy reading on the can. This one's more like the size of a Farside book. Is that a point of reference everybody knows? This is the kind of book you and pick up and read a few or a lot at a time and be satisfied either way.
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Who would have known that I would fall in love with this book that is published by Zest, an award-winning leader in teen nonfiction. Teen nonfiction aside, it is very insightful, well research, and quite honestly a lot of fun to read. The authors style and writing is dead on the money, especially for the format of the book. The best aspect of this book is how well the author starts from the scoop, and then smoothly moves from the history, to the aftermath, and then more engagingly, to why we we still care.

Whether you are a teen or an adult - it is really a great book and I highly recommend it. Aside from being a wonderful and insightful read, it is also a great piece to showcase on your coffee table.
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Who doesn't love having the inside scoop to something Scandalous? Growing up everyone I knew would come to me for the latest information on current events. Being the only child for years - newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, and books were my close confidantes. I would soak up as much information as I could.

This is the perfect book for young adults who need a crash course on some of the major events that happened in their parent's lifetime. Everything wasn't always about the Rihannas, Beyonces, and Lil Waynes of the world. Scandalous covers everything from The Miss America nude photos (Vanessa Williams) to the Bush/Gore election. Who can forget The Jim Bakker sex & money scandal?

This book is very informative. The layout is perfect for kids who tend to shy away from anything regarding history. I can't rave enough about this book. I highly recommend this book.
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This is a great little book, conversation starter. I purchased this book primarily because my children had become interested in the OJ Simpson case but this book is so much more. Very interesting and enlightening. I would recommend it for quick history lessons on the cases it covers. They are small chapters but puts forth a lot of information.
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I bought this book after a friend who shares my love of history recommended it to me. It's fantastic. I love how the scandals in the 80s and 90s take me back to when these were headlines. It's interesting to see how passing time has transformed our perception of some of these events. The writing style is informal and funny while not being condescending. You really learn about how all these events actually still impact us today. I also found myself discovering scandals that I had never heard of (like Stanford White) and learned that there has been many a "Trial of the Century" besides OJ. I think this would be a great book for parents to get for their teens who love history or anyone who loves a good scandal. Also (and I mean this in the best possible way) is a fantastic bathroom read as you can read a few scandals at a time. Great book!
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In this interesting book, author Hallie Fryd collects 50 headline scandals that rocked Americaduring the twentieth century. Among the scandals discussed here are the Fatty Arbuckle rape scandal, the Orson Wells/War of the World debacle (not exactly a scandal), KentState, the Rodney King beating, and more.

For the most part I found this to be a pretty good book. Though I would probably select a different assortment as the Top 50, the author did a good job of presenting what happened and what it meant. It was a fun and interesting book to read, and I really enjoyed it.
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By MaryAnn on January 19, 2013
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This book has intrigue, deception, fallen heroes, and secrets revealed. There are 50 shocking events you should know about.

Inside the book each event has A Picture, The Scoop, What Went Down, The Players, Quotable, The Aftermath, Why We Still Care, More.

I want to give you one that I found interesting, Bad Boy Rock Star Jerry Lee Lewis Marries His Underage Cousin (1958).

The Scoop!
Jerry Lee Lewis was one of the hottest rock 'n' roll stars in the 1950's, but when English tabloids found out he married his 13-year-old cousin, his rep quickly went down the tubes.

Quotable
"I can assure you that my wife is all woman, even through she looks kinda young."
Jerry Lee Lewis trying to convince the crowd of reporters at Heathrow Airport in 1958 that Myra was old enough to be his wife.

Why We Still Care
The scandal shined a spotlight on underage marriage. Age-of-consent laws for marriage vary from state to state, and in the 1950's it was perfectly legal to get married at 13 in some states. Today, both people must be at least 18 or get the permission of a parent or judge in most US states. Though Lewis and Myra's marriage didn't directly change any laws, it brought attention to the issue of underage marriage.
People still wonder if we missed out on some great music. Even through many thought it was gross that Lewis married his 13-year-old cousin, his fans-and music critics-have often stated that the world of music suffered by shutting Lewis down right when he was really starting to cook.

Whether you are a teen or an adult - it is really a great book and I highly recommend it. I was given this book from Zest Books [...]
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