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American Scoundrel The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles (Paperback)

Author:  Thomas Keneally
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0385722257
ISBN-13: 9780385722254
Sku: 33772714
Publish Date: 5/1/2003
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  416
Age Range:  NA
Featuring passion, politics, and war, American Scoundrel tells the story of the notorious 19th-century rogue who got away with murdering his wife's lover. Advertising. Author tour.
From the Publisher:
“Spellbinding. . . . Riveting. . . . Mesmerizing.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Brilliant. . . . Rollicking, captivating. . . . Engrossing, entertaining. . . . Keneally brings Sickles back to life in every colorful and scandalous detail.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“Panoramic. . . . For anybody who savors ripely old-fashioned storytelling with a side of modern hindsight.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Lively and evocative. . . . Keneally’s prose, as usual, is vivid and his research is thorough; he displays an impressive command of the minutiae of 19th-century American politics.” —The Washington Post

“Entertaining. . . . Fast-paced.” –The Wall Street Journal

“An especially lively and compelling account of an extraordinary life.” –The Seattle Times

“Provocative. . . . [Keneally] shows himself . . . adept at biography. . . . [He] breathes full and controversial life into a famous military engagement.” –The Economist

“Engaging. . . . Keneally deftly conveys the atmosphere of fervent in pre—civil war Washington. . . . [He] has the advantage of a novelist’s sense of pace, a mellifluous prose style and a profound sympathy for both his main characters.” –Sunday Times (London)

“A fascinating look at a time when powerful men could get away with virtually anything.” –Houston Chronicle

“A memorable account of Sickles’ life, and the political, social and military world in which he lived. Keneally has given us an engaging biography.” –The Oregonian

“Keneally’s writing is flawless. . . . He tells Sickles’ story in a rich voice that is perfectly pitched for this tale of 19th-century excess.” –San Antonio Express-News

“Keneally?? ???????? ???????????? ? ? ? ?? ???????? ???? ??????? ?? ?????? ????????? ??? ??????????????? ???? ??? ?????? ?? ??? ?????????????????????? ??? ????? ????? ?? ??? ??????? ?? ??? ?????? ?? ??????????????? ????????????? ????? ???????? ??????????????????????????? ???????????? ??????????????? ? ? ? ?????????? ??? ????????? ? ? ? ???????? ?? ? ?????? ?????? ??? ???????? ??? ???? ??? ?????? ?? ?? ??? ?? ???????? ?????? ????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????? ????? ????????? ???? ???????????? ?????? ? ???? ??????? ?? ???????? ?????????? ?????????? ???????? ??? ?????? ????? ? ? ? ???????????????? ??? ? ???? ???????? ????? ???? ???????? ??? ??????????????????? ??????????????? ???? ???????? ?????Hero, adulterer, bon vivant, murderer and rogue, Dan Sickles led the kind of existence that was indeed stranger than fiction. Throughout his life he exhibited the kind of exuberant charm and lack of scruple that wins friends, seduces women, and gets people killed. In American Scoundrel Thomas Keneally, the acclaimed author of Schindler’s List, creates a biography that is as lively and engrossing as its subject.

Dan Sickles was a member of Congress, led a controversial charge at Gettysburg, and had an affair with the deposed Queen of Spain—among many other women. But the most startling of his many exploits was his murder of Philip Barton Key (son of Francis Scott Key), the lover of his long-suffering and neglected wife, Teresa. The affair, the crime, and the trial contained all the ingredients of melodrama needed to ensure that it was the scandal of the age. At the trial’s end, Sickles was acquitted and hardly chastened. His life, in which outrage and accomplishment had equal force, is a compelling American tale, told with the skill of a master narrative.
The life of Dan Sickles (1820-1914), the flamboyant Tammany Hall attorney, diplomat, congressman, duelist, Union general, war hero, womanizer, and hell-raiser. A New York Times Notable Book for 2002.
Author Bio
Thomas Keneally
Thomas Keneally was educated at various schools in New South Wales before entering a seminary to study for the Catholic priesthood. He abandoned this goal in 1960 and turned to clerical work and schoolteaching. His first novel was published in 1964. He then became a full-time writer, the author of over 20 books. (He has said that he would like to be able to disown his first two novels, particularly "The Fear", which he calls "the obligatory account of one's childhood.") Keneally has been short-listed for the Booker Prize four times, finally winning it in 1982 with his novel "Schindler's Ark", which became the movie "Schindler's List". Keneally has also won the Miles Franklin Award twice, and was awarded the Order of Australia in 1983 for his services to Australian literature. He considers "A Dutiful Daughter" the best novel he has written.
He has lived in both Sydney and California.


Kirkus Reviews
"The captivating life of a charming opportunity whose ambition and moral hypocrisy mirror those of mid-19th-century America." 01/01/2002

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