"Scandalgate" is part of "The Pocket History series" - a conveniently portable, stylishly packaged and eminently collectible set of six books that each open a window onto a selection of remarkable stories, characters and themes from the past. A leader is a salesman selling a version of themselves and we know they are never as good as they pretend to be. We rightly suspect that the seeking of power is often a kind of greed in itself and we love to hear of powerful people who have successfully deceived us with the sheen of their charisma getting their comeuppance. Welcome to 'Scandalgate', thirteen tales of political and courtly mischief, muckraking and blackmail - from the sacking of Gough Whitlam to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. This title: highlights some of the most scandalous figures in political history; contains thirteen brief, riveting and informative stories from across the globe; and, includes six beautifully designed books in the series to collect - each brimming with detailed historical content.
Ed Wright is a social commentator and regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, and the Australian Financial Review. He was the co-founder of the satirical Strewth! magazine and has a PhD in American Literature from the University of Sydney. He is also the author of History's Greatest Scandals, Celebrity Family Trees, A Left-Handed History of the World, Lost Explorers and Ghost Colonies (Pier 9).