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AMERICAN SCOUNDREL : The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles.   (Signed Copy) by  Thomas Keneally - Signed First Edition - 2002 - from Diversity Books and

AMERICAN SCOUNDREL : The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles. (Signed Copy)

by Keneally, Thomas

Condition: Very Good +/Very Good +

Milsons Point, N.S.W., Australia: Random House Australia, 2002. xii, + 397pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over nominally bumped spine. Plain black boards undamaged. A concise inscription ("To P.....e, who championed this book") signed and dated (2002) by the author, with an accompanying abstract 'smiley face' drawing on the title page. Text-block mildly tanned. Illustrated (portrait of Daniel E. Sickles & Mrs Sickles), loose-plastic protected dustjacket nominally edgworn only. Tom Keneally recreates a dramatic episode in American public life that escalated "on the last, cold Sunday of February, 1859, when Daniel Sickles shot his wife's lover in Washington's Lafayette Square, just across from the White House . . . Charming and ambitious, Dan Sickles literally got away with murder. His protector was none other than the President himself, the ageing James Buchanan . . . " Contents include: Prelims., Acks., Author's Note, 8 chapters, Finale, Last Work, Notes, Bibliography, Index, more. Book weight approx. 650g. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. First Australian Edition, 1st Impression. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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.From the Trade Paperback edition.


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