President's secrets revealed at book pre-release event

News Release Date: 
09.11.09

President's secrets revealed at book pre-release event 
New book unveils Harding affair and how it may have changed the course of U.S. history 
Ohio State Marion Community Relations - Dave Claborn 

Was our 29th president influenced by a German spy? How did a love affair in Marion, Ohio change the course of world history? Cleveland attorney James Robenalt explores those questions and much more in his new book, The Harding Affair: Love and Espionage During the Great War. The book’s publication date is September 1st, but author Robenalt will present the first release of this historic information on the campus of The Ohio State University at Marion the night before--Monday, August 31st at 7:00 PM. The program takes place in the Guthery Community Room on the second floor of Maynard Hall and is free and open to the public.

Warren Harding had a love affair for over a dozen years with Carrie Phillips, the wife of a prominent businessman in Marion. Had she not influenced him to withdraw his name, Harding might have easily been president during World War I, likely changing the course of that war—and the one to follow. The letters between Harding and Phillips have been withheld from public scrutiny by the Harding family and the Library of Congress—until now. With help from local Harding historians, Robenalt was granted access to over 800 of those letters, allowing him to produce his extraordinary look into this colorful and heretofore hidden chapter of presidential history. 

The forward is written by former Nixon advisor, Harding biographer, and one-time Marion resident John Dean, who is expected to join the discussion via remote video.

Robenalt wanted the first release of Harding’s secrets to be in the 29th president`s home town—and what better place than Ohio State Marion, just steps away from Harding’s home? The public is invited to this free Five Nights on Campus Extra. Books will be available for sale and autograph by the author. Local and regional media are also invited to this historic event.