By Thomas Keneally
Hero, adulterer, bon vivant, assassin and rogue, Dan Sickles led the type of lifestyles that used to be certainly stranger than fiction. all through his existence he exhibited the type of exuberant allure and shortage of scruple that wins buddies, seduces girls, and will get humans killed. In American Scoundrel Thomas Keneally, the acclaimed writer of Schindler’s checklist, creates a biography that's as energetic and engrossing as its subject.
Dan Sickles used to be a member of Congress, led a arguable cost at Gettysburg, and had an affair with the deposed Queen of Spain—among many different girls. however the such a lot startling of his many exploits used to be his homicide of Philip Barton Key (son of Francis Scott Key), the sweetheart of his long-suffering and missed spouse, Teresa. The affair, the crime, and the trial contained the entire elements of melodrama had to make sure that it was once the scandal of the age. on the trial’s finish, Sickles used to be acquitted and infrequently chastened. His existence, during which outrage and accomplishment had equivalent strength, is a compelling American story, instructed with the ability of a grasp narrative.
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