[Abridged] Presidential Histories

21.A.) The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur, an interview with Scott Greenberger

November 01, 2021 Kenny Ryan
[Abridged] Presidential Histories
21.A.) The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur, an interview with Scott Greenberger
Show Notes

Chester A. Arthur is a 19th-century American politics version of Breaking Bad mashed with Darth Vader's redemption story.

Ok. There's no meth or space sorcery. But there is a seemingly noble man who jettisons his values when they get in the way of making a buck. (Ok, a LOT of bucks). And then,  after a lifetime of proving himself a good-for-nothing scoundrel, he turns into a redemption story when thrust into the presidency with the future of the nation on the line.

Join me as I interview Scott Greenberger, executive editor of Stateline, the daily news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and author of The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur, on why Arthur fell from grace, and the factors that inspired his redemption at a time when the entire country had given up on him.


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