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American scoundrel the life of the notorious civil war general dan sickles thomas keneally on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers 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. Thomas keneally presents a fascinating and readable account of the life of daniel sickles in american scoundrel most of keneallys focus is on how sickles then a congressman was found not guilty of killing his wifes lover but he also touches on his political rise his diplomatic career and his role as a union general in the civil war and reconstruction. Chevalier henry wikoff was a cosmopolitan globe trotting rogue professional gossip and amateur undercover reporter for the new york heraldwikoff arrived from europe during the buchanan administration and befriended congressman dan sickles and his wife