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Scandalous!: 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends) Paperback – February 14, 2012
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“Fryd uses a snappy format to introduce 50 newsworthy (and occasionally cringe-worthy) dramas that caught the public’s attention. Informative!” — ALA Booklist
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
"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 [...]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great summer book full of interesting tidbits. Not sure how much truth is in it, but fun to read.Published 17 days ago by DML 59
Didn't like it though when the authors own opinions were mixed in the story. But really enjoyed the book immensely.Published on November 3, 2013 by Jill Hassing
This is an entertaining and more or less informative book. The layout is fantastic for reluctant teen readers as it closely resembles a magazine. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by S. Blake
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I bought this as part of a book package for a neice of mine. I had to give it a skim to make sure it was appropriate for a 12-13year old, but ended up reading the entire book and... Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by SamW
The book is well researched and the variety of scandals discussed intriguingly broad, covering celebrities, crime, politics, and culture. Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by j beene