Scandal

Suzanne Garment, Author, Peter Osnos, Editor
Suzanne Garment, Author, Peter Osnos, Editor Crown Publishers $23 (0p) ISBN 978-0-8129-1942-4
Reviewed on: 09/30/1991
Release date: 10/01/1991
Paperback - 375 pages - 978-0-385-42511-7
Hardcover - 335 pages - 978-0-394-57019-8
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A rash of recent American scandals--from ABSCAM to the as-yet unresolved Iran-Contra affair and S & L disaster--has further eroded public trust in government, already damaged in the Vietnam years under Johnson, contends Garment, a former Wall Street Journal Washington, D.C., correspondent. With authority she recounts the ``criminalization of politics'' by the creation of a ``scandal machine'' fueled by hypocritically self- righteous probes into the private lives of prominent figures, the defense industry and white- collar crimes. Citing 80-odd notorious cases of misconduct occurring within both political parties, Garment identifies the roles played by the White House, Congress, the courts and the ethics ``apparat,'' along with an increasingly aggressive press. She blames most malfeasance on ``widespread failure of political will'' and occasional lapses of media vigilance, as in the thrifts catastrophe. An eye-opener. Author tour. (Oct.)
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