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Scorpion Tongues New and Updated Edition: Gossip, Celebrity, and American Politics Paperback – Bargain Price, January 30, 2007
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The author says that newspapers of the 1920s kept the stories about Harding unpublished because "there was no real appetite for that kind of story" (p.130). I think its more likely that 1) we now had a "secret police on the European model", and 2) the increasing monopolization of newspapers allowed more control and censorship. Some may think only some weekly newspapers market scandals, but don't recognize this as a niche market. The facts that supermarkets nationwide were told to market weekly tabloids around 1967 isn't mentioned, or the cause.
The book says movie stars replaced politicians (and the rich?) in the 1920s as objects of gossip. When Fatty Arbuckle was found not guilty of murder on the third trial after six minutes of deliberation the press wondered "about what was wrong with the system of justice and whether it was possible for a celebrity to get a fair trial in America" (p.140).
Pages 144-5 tell of the rumors and gossip about FDR: he was a drunk, going insane, addicted to drugs, even that he was a "hopeless, helpless invalid".Read more ›
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Great book. The history of rumors is interesting. The political "bobble heads" of today can't hold a candle to those of yester year.Published 10 days ago by jim copley
Gave this as a gift to family members, I loved it when it first came out.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Gail Collins was a former columnist for the ‘New York Daily News’, ‘Working Woman’, and ‘New York Newsday’. Read more
Brand new book and I only paid a few dollars for it. Thanks!Published 4 months ago by Alyssa Gruber
Fan of Gail Collins but this book moved a little to slowly for me.Published 8 months ago by Donald Barton
I would recommend this book to those interested in politics, even history in general. I liked the multiple layers of insight. And, very well written.Published 17 months ago by Anne
The behind the scenes of politics are always interesting. It makes history so much more palatable. This might make the history of politics more accessable to many who would not... Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by TLSutton137
Gail Collins is a delightful writer with a sharp wit presenting political gossip in the instance of this book. Always enjoyable.Published on December 14, 2013 by Carol G