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Scoundrel! The Secret Memoirs of General James Wilkinson

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In the humorous, iconoclastic tradition of George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman novels, Gore Vidal’s BURR, and Thomas Berger’s LITTLE BIG MAN, meet real-life scoundrel James Wilkinson as he lies, schemes, back-stabs, and seduces his way through our nation’s early history. After experiencing Wilkinson’s irreverent spin, you’ll never view the American Revolution or the Foundin ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published February 22nd 2012 by Norlights Press (first published January 30th 2012)
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Fred Ross
I'm a big fan of the Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser. This book is being touted as "an American Flashman". I went to the book website www.SCOUNDREL1776.com where they let you read the first chapter. The first chapter impressed me enough to buy the book and it was a great read! Not as good as Flashman perhaps, but certainly the best book I've read this year--funny, exciting, and informative as well. An interesting twist: James Wilkinson, the "scoundrel" of the story, really lived, and ...more
Scott Skipper
“Scoundrel” is the American Revolution through the eyes of the most amoral, self serving, duplicitous, lying, cheating, thieving, ass licking miscreant in American History. General James Wilkinson narrates the war from an insider’s candid perspective. He reveals every wart, defect and wild hair residing on the lily white hides of our Revolutionary heroes, including his own. The story is clever, irreverent, humorous and convincing as it follows the career of a relatively obscure player in the rev ...more
Ian Burrell
An entertaining read. While the main character's character and the first person narrative are similar to George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman, Flashman is a fictional character, whilst James Wilkinson is a historical figure.

The author weaves the narrative through the first year of the American Revolution, rich in historical detail and characterisation of the key figures of the day. The main character's cynical debunking of some of the Myths of the Revolution is refreshing. Just as every Frenchman
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Andrew
I use this site to keep track of the books I've already read and to find other great books to feed my book addiction. I don't write reviews because the folks here do such a good job and I mainly just want to get on to my next book. But I had to write a review about Scoundrel! Well maybe not a review (those mentioned folks having covered plot synopsis) but a recommendation.

This is a great, not good but great, book. It's got everything I look for in a book. Interesting characters, swashing of buck
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Kenny Landon
This book truly was amazing. Funny, exciting, sexy, and it gives a great perspective on the history of the American Revolution as it really was--not as it was taught in school. If you like history books like "Lies My Teacher told Me", you'll love this. About as entertaining a book as I've ever read. I normally don't bother to review books, but I thought I would this one because it's relatively unknown. I came across it by the sheerest luck, went to the website where you can read the first chapte ...more
Barry
Like the Flashman books, this is a historical romp.
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