Covering people and events from the 1630s to the present day, this reference offers 455 entries on such topics as dirty politics, white-collar scams, botched cover-ups, tawdry love affairs, and despicable acts of corruption. This new edition features scandalous names and events since the 1990s, including: the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and the O.J. Simpson trial; Heidi Fleiss; Salt Lake City's Olympic bribery scandal; Bank of Credit and Commerce International; John and Lorena Bobbitt; the Fisher-Buttafuoco affair; Tonya Harding; the Tailhook scandal; Michael Milken; the Erik and Lyle Menendez trial; Aldrich Ames; and the Naval Academy cheating scandal.
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For the purposes of this book, editor Kohn (The Dictionary of Historic Documents) has defined a scandal as "a grave loss of or injury to reputation resulting from actual or apparent breach or violation of morality, ethics, propriety, or law." Entries span from the 1600s to the present and range from the false accusation of dishonesty against Isaac Allerton (1630) to Watergate (1972) to John and Lorena Bobbitt (1993) and Thomas Capano (1998). Whitewater is cross-referenced to an article titled "Bill Clinton: Impeached U.S. President," while President Clinton's sexual escapades are discussed in the entry "Bill Clinton: Slick Willie's Womanizing and Lying." There is no cross reference from Travelgate to Vince Foster; nor is there an entry for Hillary Clinton. Some topics, including Karen Silkwood, Lizzie Borden, and Claus Von Bulow, are included simply because they are still of interest to readers and meet the book's broad definition of scandal. The information is brief (from a column to two pages) but accurate. A few photos are interspersed throughout the text, as in most Facts On File publications. This affordable and useful title is recommended for public and academic libraries. (Bibliography and index not seen.)DLaurie Selwyn, San Antonio P.L., TX
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