Mark Grossman – Political Corruption In America: An Encyclopedia Of Scandals, Power, And Greed
In this resource, political corruption is defined as "the dishonest use of a position of elected power to gain a monetary advantage." Therefore, other types of scandals, such as sexual misconduct, are not included. However, some notable exceptions are covered, for example, Watergate and the Iran-Contra Affair. The majority of the more than 250 entries are devoted to people, such as mayors of big cities, governors, senators, representatives, presidents, and other government officials. Additional types of headings cover court cases, names of scandals (e.g., Swartwout-Hoyt Scandal), legislative acts (e.g., Hatch Act), and other miscellaneous topics (e.g., Honoraria). Content focuses primarily on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Articles average about two pages in length, and most include a reference list. Many articles contain lengthy quotations, thereby adding a second voice to the topic under discussion. The author presents complex issues clearly. For example, the two-page article on Whitewater outlines key events in chronological order from 1978 up to the final Whitewater report, issued in March 2002. Numerous illustrations accompany the articles, including many political cartoons, which adds a touch of humor. Eight appendixes demonstrate the attention to detail evident throughout this volume. For example, appendix 3, "Independent Counsel Investigations, 1979-1999," lists not only names and results but also the costs of the investigations. Other appendixes cover government cases of censure, expulsion, and impeachment. A chronology lists events related to political corruption from 1635 to 2003. A 21-page bibliography cites resources by format (e.g., books, government documents). We found no references to Internet sites.