By Rosemary Stevens
In the early Nineteen Twenties, with the state nonetheless recuperating from international struggle I, President Warren G. Harding based an immense new association to regard disabled veterans: the USA Veterans Bureau, referred to now because the division of Veterans Affairs. He appointed his buddy, adorned veteran Colonel Charles R. Forbes, as founding director. Forbes lasted within the place for under eighteen months sooner than stepping down below a cloud of feedback and suspicion. In 1926—after being convicted of conspiracy to defraud the government through rigging executive contracts—he used to be despatched to Leavenworth detention center. 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 felony or a scapegoat?
Historian Rosemary Stevens tells Forbes’s tale anew, drawing on formerly untapped files to bare his function in America’s preliminary and ongoing dedication to veterans. She explores how Forbes’s upward push and fall in Washington illuminates President Harding’s efforts to carry enterprise potency to executive. She additionally examines the Veterans Bureau scandal within the context of sophistication, professionalism, ethics, and etiquette in a speedily 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 records, and don't deserve the recognition they've got carried for 100 years.
Packed with vivid characters—conniving acquaintances, FBI brokers, and rival politicians cut up via sectional and ideological pursuits in addition to gamblers, revelers, and wronged better halves— A Time of Scandal will attract somebody drawn to political gossip, presidential politics, the "Ohio Gang," and the 1920s.
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