Scorpion Tongues Gossip, Celebrity, and American Politics

ISBN-10: 0061139629
ISBN-13: 9780061139628
Edition: Revised 
Authors: Gail Collins
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Description: When it comes to Washington politics, gossip didn't begin with the Clintons. Whispers and innuendos have been part of the American political landscape since our nation's beginning. In this wickedly entertaining popular history, Gail Collins,  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

When it comes to Washington politics, gossip didn't begin with the Clintons. Whispers and innuendos have been part of the American political landscape since our nation's beginning. In this wickedly entertaining popular history, Gail Collins, bestselling author of America's Women, serves up two centuries' worth of delicious gossip about major and minor politicians-from Thomas Jefferson's rumored affair with his slave mistress, Sally Hemings, to the accusations of cannibalism aimed at early nineteenth-century presidential candidate John Fremont, to the alleged indiscretions of FDR, Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, Clinton, and Bush. Scorpion Tongues is a fresh, funny, scathing, and eye-opening look at the ever-evolving relationship between our elected officials and the media, and the ever-blurring line between politics and celebrity.

Gail Collins was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1945. She received a B.A. in journalism from Marquette University and an M.A. in government from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She writes an op-ed column for The New York Times every Thursday and Saturday. She was also the first woman to hold the position of Editorial Page Editor at the Times, which she held from 2001 to 2007. She has also written several books including America's Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines and When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present.

Introduction
The Road to Hillary's Lamp
Public and Private Sinning, 1776-1830
Gossip and Mutating Morals, 1830-1880
The Birth of the Celebrity Class, 1880-1900
The Anxiety of the Moment, 1890-1920
Political Gossip Goes Underground, 1920-1945
The Quiet Years, 1945-1964
The Deluge of Defining Events, 1964-1980
The Institutionalization of Gossip, 1980-1990
Endless Exposure, 1990-1999
Millennial Politics
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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