Richard Fox's Trials of Intimacy deals with the second-most famous sex scandal in American history. It is written with an eye trained on the past, not the present--a perspective that will frustrate readers seeking a morally instructive tale for our times, but delight those who enjoy a well-told story about another time.
Linda Tripp and Virginia Woodhull, living more than a century apart, were central figures in two public scandals involving high-profile figures. Tripp is facing a Maryland jury on charges she secretly taped her telephone conversations with Monica Lewinsky.
There is something very familiar about The Most Famous Man in America. It is a portrait of a charismatic leader, a brilliant but troubled man who reached the pinnacle of fame only to land in a sexual imbroglio. Its theme could fit any number of contemporary public figures.
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