American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles

American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles

Thomas Keneally


Hero, adulterer, bon vivant, assassin and rogue, Dan Sickles led the type of life that was once certainly stranger than fiction. all through his lifestyles he exhibited the type of exuberant attraction and absence of scruple that wins associates, seduces girls, and will get humans killed. In American Scoundrel Thomas Keneally, the acclaimed writer of Schindler’s List, creates a biography that's as vigorous and engrossing as its subject.

Dan Sickles used to be a member of Congress, led a debatable cost at Gettysburg, and had an affair with the deposed Queen of Spain—among many different ladies. however the so much startling of his many exploits was once his homicide of Philip Barton Key (son of Francis Scott Key), the sweetheart of his long-suffering and overlooked spouse, Teresa. The affair, the crime, and the trial contained the entire materials of melodrama had to make sure that it used to be the scandal of the age. on the trial’s finish, Sickles was once acquitted and hardly ever chastened. His lifestyles, within which outrage and accomplishment had equivalent strength, is a compelling American story, instructed with the ability of a grasp narrative.

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