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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:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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