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Download American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (180 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Kenneally Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN:
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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 listener can view history at a time when America was being torn apart.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/9/2014

    " Interesting bit of American history that I'd never heard about before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kbheiner7 | 1/2/2014

    " Meh - interesting character, but too long for the content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rashel | 12/12/2013

    " I enjoyed this book's presentation of history through the life of Dan Sickles. What an interesting time period in American history. Although the book was a bit slow/boring at times, the overall story and the perspective the author chose to focus on - his wife - was quite intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 12/11/2013

    " One of the most fascinating figures from the civil war period. His life outside the military is more interesting than his service during the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Franki Acevedo | 12/10/2013

    " I read this book back in 2005! I loved every page of it! Egotism, heartbreak, philandering, dules, MURDER, an absolute "good read"! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 12/10/2013

    " A fascinating, well-written story of a person who should be better known. He may have been a bastard; but he was our bastard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Armstrong | 11/21/2013

    " Good read on the enigma of General Dan Sickles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 10/17/2013

    " Why didn't they talk about Daniel Sickles in history class? His story has everything: sex, murder, civil war, reconstruction, Cuba - come on, teachers, this will really get your students talking about the crime of the century of 1859 and the insanity defense - also would be great for a book club. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Singleton Mosby | 8/18/2013

    " Couldn't get through it. So I picked up Sickles: the Incredible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric Smith | 6/19/2013

    " I had high hopes from this book, that it would be a great biography - it's not. The author wrote ""Schlinder's List"" and I think my hopes were justified. Instead I got a good biogra "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/19/2013

    " 250 pages of padded research followed by a fine 100 pages of history. THE 100 pages was not enough to make me like the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 5/31/2013

    " A very interesting, intriguing book. Dan Sickles truly lives up to it's title "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 5/10/2013

    " A charismatic sleazeball, even this slightly favorable leaning author cannot make readers love Dan Sickels. The book often has too much superfluous detail and then not enough on other sections. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mick Maye | 4/18/2013

    " Well written book about someone i would not have read about unless this author wrote the book. Rivetting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 3/9/2013

    " Dan Sickles? How did I get to be so old without knowing about this guy? Probably because his story is so amazing that most would have trouble believing it is real. Or maybe because scoundrels (not criminals) do not get the historical attention they deserve. What a fascinating read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/11/2012

    " Love, love, love this wild story. What a cad. The author's previous book was Schindler's List - the guy has a knack for finding jerks who seem to accomplish good while being bad. "

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