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What is demonstrated in thomas keneallys book american scoundrel is the authors display of awesome scholarship into the life of a major historical figure sickles history including the others who walked across the stage he shared in that era. In american scoundrel thomas keneally the acclaimed author of schindlers list creates a biography that is a throughout his life he exhibited the kind of exuberant charm and lack of scruple that wins friends seduces women and gets people killed. Years later when dan was involved in murder military slaughters and washington politics the tale of his association with fanny white would be repeated by those hostile to him as a clear model . About american scoundrel hero adulterer bon vivant murderer and rogue dan sickles led the kind of existence that was indeed stranger than fiction throughout his life he exhibited the kind of exuberant charm and lack of scruple that wins friends seduces women and gets people killed. Mr keneally discussed his biography of dan sickles a mid nineteenth century politician who rose to power from the ranks of new yorks tammany hall to become a us congressman and confidant of