American Scoundrel

American Scoundrel

The Life of the Notorious Civil War General, Dan Sickles

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Examines the life of nineteenth-century politician and military leader Dan Sickles, a notorious womanizer and scoundrel who killed his wife's lover and, thanks to the influence of political friends, got away with murder.

Blackwell North Amer
On the last Sunday of February 1859, Dan Sickles, a charming young congressman from New York, murdered his good friend Philip Barton Key (son of Francis Scott Key) - who was also his wife's lover - in Washington's Lafayette Square. The shooting took place directly across the street from the White House, the home of Sickles's friend and protector, President James Buchanan. Sickles turned himself in; political friends in New York's Tammany Hall machinery, including the dynamic criminal lawyer James Brady, quickly gathered around. While his beautiful young wife was banned from public life and shunned by society, Dan Sickles was acquitted.
American Scoundrel is the story of this powerful mid-nineteenth-century politician and inveterate womanizer, whose irresistible charms and rock-solid connections not only allowed him to get away with murder - literally - but also paved the way to a stunning career.

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The best-selling author of Schindler's List re-creates the colorful life and times of nineteenth-century politician and military leader Dan Sickles, a notorious womanizer and scoundrel who killed his wife's lover, Philip Barton Key, and thanks to the influence of political friends, including President James Buchanan, got away with murder.

Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xii, 397 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780385501392
Branch Call Number: 328.73 Sic


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Feb 13, 2017

Hmm, what to include? Greed and political corruption, special interests buying politicians in Washington, graft and overspending in the federal military, misbehavior by ambassadorial staff overseas, even the brazen murder of his wife's lover in broad daylight of his wife's lover, all in the life of a *19th century* Tammany Hall Democrat named Dan Sickles. Brought to you by the author of "Schindler's List," a strong - even rollicking - story from history comes to life.

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