Scandalous! : 50 Shocking Events You Should Know about (So You Can Impress Your Friends)

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Do you love a good scandal? This book includes 50 juicy pop culture, political, and entertainment-related scandals complete with photos, event synopses, and a look at why each one went down in history and how it continues to influence us today. Other features include famous quotes and a section on where the players are now. Teens will get the dish on:
Milli Vanilli's lip-syncing
the Clinton-Lewinsky affair
the Biggie and Tupac murders
the Kent State shooting
the OJ Simpson Murder trial
Patty Hearst's kidnapping
And more!
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 223 pages
  • 180 x 182 x 15mm | 367g
  • Zest Books
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • Index; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0982732201
  • 9780982732205
  • 1,405,579

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"From sex scandals to the Scopes trial, the War of the Worlds broadcast to Watergate, Fryd's trim handbook chronologically recaps 50 infamous events that have sizzled in U.S. headlines since the early 1900s. Entries include the murder of Lana Turner's boyfriend by Turner's daughter, Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour versus the Catholic Church, and the O.J. Simpson trial. Fryd provides social and historical context, a list of key players, and quotations, while exploring similar scandals (a section on Leopold and Loeb features a sidebar on Bonnie and Clyde, the Menendez brothers, and the Columbine shooters) as well as their lasting impacts (for example, the controversy surrounding the 2000 Gore-Bush presidential elections 'forced people to reevaluate the Electoral College'). An entertaining, insightful, and thorough guide to events that, for better or worse, have riveted the nation."--Publishers Weekly

--Journal "A gleefully explicit catalogue of the past century's headline-grabbing bad behavior. Aimed at readers who don't need to be told who Brangelina is but may be hazy on 'twisted besties' Leopold and Loeb or even Monica Lewinsky, this edutaining survey presents a wide-angle array of murders, sexual follies, controversial trials, race violence, political corruption and general envelope-pushing from the 1906 killing of Stanford White on. Each of the chronologically arranged entries opens with a capsule 'Scoop' followed by a slightly fuller account under a 'What Went Down' header. Along with a small black-and-white photo and one or two sidebar quotes, the author tacks on subsequent developments, sometimes-perceptive suggestions about 'Why We Still Care' and a short roster of similar incidents in recent history. Though she misspells 'Symbionese' and repeatedly awards FDR only three Presidential wins, in general Fryd presents reasonably accurate summaries of events and issues while giving all sides of the more muddled conflicts at least a nod. Additional cred is provided by a teen panel of editorial advisors. Catnip for scandal junkies, with a bit of historical perspective stirred in."--Kirkus Reviews

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About Hallie Fryd

Hallie Fryd is a writer living in Oakland, California. She studied history at Carnegie Mellon University and writes about politics and pop culture for her blog Pysched and Such. This is her first book.
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