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American Scoundrel by Thomas Keneally
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Aug 14, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: civil-war, biography, us-army

Scoundrel is the perfect word for Dan Sickles. The book shows how much of a scoundrel he was to his wife. The book seeemed to be about their marriage because after her death in 1867 it takes Keneally around forty pages to cover the final forty seven years of Sickles life. Sickles was a very interesting man and worthy of more study in some aspects the reader might gain respect for Sickles on one page and find themselves shaking their head on the next. Sickles was a complicated man worthy of study and perhaps not the ridicule he has been given in History classes including mine. American scoundrel is worth the read to get a glimpse of the complexeties of life in the ante bellum United States and consequences of those complexeties.

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