By Rosemary Stevens
In the early Twenties, with the kingdom nonetheless improving from global conflict I, President Warren G. Harding based an important new association to regard disabled veterans: the united states Veterans Bureau, referred to now because the division of Veterans Affairs. He appointed his pal, adorned veteran Colonel Charles R. Forbes, as founding director. Forbes lasted within the place for under eighteen months prior to stepping down below a cloud of feedback and suspicion. In 1926—after being convicted of conspiracy to defraud the government by way of rigging executive contracts—he used to be despatched to Leavenworth penal complex. even though he used to be identified in his day as a drunken womanizer, and as a corrupt, betraying toady of a vulnerable, blind-sided president, the query persists: used to be Forbes a legal or a scapegoat?
Historian Rosemary Stevens tells Forbes’s tale anew, drawing on formerly untapped documents to bare his position in America’s preliminary and ongoing dedication to veterans. She explores how Forbes’s upward thrust and fall in Washington illuminates President Harding’s efforts to convey enterprise potency to executive. She additionally examines the Veterans Bureau scandal within the context of sophistication, professionalism, ethics, and etiquette in a quickly altering global. most importantly, Stevens proposes a desirable revisionist view of either Forbes and Harding—and increases questions on not just the validity however the resource in their respective reputations. they didn't defraud the govt. of billions of bucks, Stevens convincingly files, and don't deserve the attractiveness they've got carried for 100 years.
Packed with brilliant characters—conniving acquaintances, FBI brokers, and rival politicians break up through sectional and ideological pursuits in addition to gamblers, revelers, and wronged better halves— A Time of Scandal will attract a person attracted to political gossip, presidential politics, the "Ohio Gang," and the 1920s.
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A Time of Scandal by Rosemary Stevens