History Civil War Books American Scoundrel the Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles by Thomas Keneally First Edition Books

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This is a near fine (almost like new) hardcover with dust jacket. First Edition Hardcover May 2002 DoubleDay Publishing. This copy is crisp and clean inside and out. The pages are crisp, clean and free of markings. Binding tight and straight. Tan hardcover boards under jacket are near fine also. The dust jacket is near fine with only a hint of shelf wear. Standard octavo size or 6" x 9" with 397 pages including index.

On the last Sunday of Feb. 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 across from the White House, the home os Sickle's friend and protector, President James Buchanan. Sickles turned himself in; political friends including dynamic criminal attorney James Brady, quickly gathered around him. While his beautiful young wife was banned from public life and shunned by society, Sickles was acquitted.

This is the story of a powerful 19th century politician and womanizer, whose charm and connections not only allowed him to get away with murder, but also paved the way for a stunning career. Once acquitted, Sickles raised a regiment for the Union political elite and went on to become a general in the army and commanding a flank at the Battle of Gettysburg.

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