American Scoundrel: Love, War and Politics in Civil War America (MP3 CD)
On the last, cold Sunday of February 1859, Daniel Sickles shot his wife's lover in Washington's Lafayette Square, just across from the White House this is the story of that killing and its repercussions.
Thomas Keneally brilliantly recreates an extraordinary period, when women were punished for violating codes of society that did not bind men. And the caddish, good-looking Dan Sickles personifies the extremes of the era: as a womaniser, he introduced his favourite madam to Queen Victoria while his wife stayed at home; as minister to Spain, he began an affair with the queen while courting one of her ladies in waiting; and in his later years, he installed his housekeeper as his mistress while his second wife took up residence nearby.
The brio with which Thomas Keneally tells the tale is equal to the pace and bravado of Sickles life. But, more than this, American Scoundrel is the lens through which the reader can view history at a time when America was being torn apart.
"A great piece of storytelling" "Guardian"
"A fascinating book informative and entertaining" "Daily Telegraph"
"This has a thriller-ish propulsion a highly readable book" "Sunday Express"
About the Author
Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has publishedthirty-one novels since. They include "Schindler s List", which won the Booker Prize in 1982, "The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith", "Gossip from the Forest", and "Confederates", " "all of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and the "New York Times"bestselling"The Daughters of Mars". He has also written several works of nonfiction, including his boyhood memoir, "Homebush Boy", " The Commonwealth of Thieves", " "and "Searching for Schindler." He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney, Australia.