Defining Documents in American History: Secrets, Leaks, and Scandals (1797-2017)

At A Glance
2 Volumes
800 Pages
80 Essays
80 Primary Source Documents
Time Line
General Bibliography & Subject Index
Free Online Access

Unlimited Users & Remote Access Included

Instant Online Activation When You Order

Defining Documents

For more information about the other Defining Documents titles, simply click here.

ISBN: 978-1-68217-698-6
# of Pages: 800
# of Volumes: 2
Print List Price: $295

Defining Documents in American History:
Secrets, Leaks and Scandals (1797-2017)

The tension between openness and transparency with the need to keep information secure and out of the hands of an enemy has been at the heart of some of the most riveting episodes in American history. Political scandals such as the Red Scare and the Pumpkin Papers; Nixon and Watergate; Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton; and Russian Interference in U.S. elections, have captured the attention of both the American public and the global audience, as secrets and leaks fuel speculation and often result in dramatic actions from impeachment to convictions. Documents analyzed in this 2-volume set include: 

  • Russian Hacking Scandal Testimony (2017)
  • Richard Nixon: Smoking Gun Tape (1972)
  • Bill Clinton: Remarks at Annual Prayer Breakfast (1998)
  • Report on the Crisis in the Catholic Church in the US (2004)

The 80 documents are organized  into the following major categories: Political Scandals; Spies and Espionage; Financial Schemes; Whistleblowers; Wikileaks; and Institutional Dirty Linen Laundering. Each document chapter includes the primary source document, often reproduced in its entirety, Summery overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Document Analysis, and Essential Themes.