What to Read When Your Government Is Embroiled in Scandal


With each passing week, the tangle of the current administration slowly becomes unraveled. Evidence of Russian interference, the existence of Trump’s hotel in Azerbaijan, Trump’s appalling behavior when meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel… So, as we wait for the total collapse of this leaning tower of garbage, here are a few books we can read to prepare ourselves for what comes next.


Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
David Grann’s new book (out April 18) is a confounding story of murder, conspiracy, oil, and the Osage. The conspiracy behind the story is heartbreaking and offers insight into the depths of America’s racism and the devastating consequences of history.


The Public Burning by Robert Coover
A story of Russia, spies, and outrage. Sound familiar? Well, think again. This one is a fictionalized story of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.


Vox by Nicholson Baker
This novel recounts an erotic phone conversation between two strangers and was allegedly given by President Bill Clinton to Monica Lewinsky. Enjoy!


The Teapot Dome Scandal by Laton McCartney
This book is an excellent primer on a presidential scandal of corruption, greed, and sure, more oil. This time, it’s Warren G. Harding. This book is a good starter, but it is definitely time for a more modern retelling of this story. If you are working on that book we are here for your essays.


The Hunting of a President by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Don’t Panic.