Griswold's stout cane cracked Lyon on the top of the head, then across his back, again and again. More than twenty heavy blows rained down on his victim, who was groping for help in escaping along the floor, blinded by the blood spurting down from his scalp.Meanwhile, the title character, James Callender--who gives the fourth estate an early bad name--"looked around frantically for a weapon."
And there's far more in store: Safire's deeply entertaining novel is divided into five scandals, which take place over a period of 10 years, reaching a high point with the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave mistress, Sally Hemings. As the story goes, Jefferson loved her for years and she bore many children by him. These days all over America, the descendants of that union keep coming forward for television interviews. As Scandalmonger illustrates, the past is always present. --Emily White --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This novel combines the best mix of salacious bits about our Founding Fathers and the hardscrabble origins of American journalism. Read morePublished 6 months ago by wheedooo
Early American political history is frought with scandal, intrigue, plots and schemes. From the moment Alexander Hamilton set himself in opposition to the Republican forefathers,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Suzanne Dobbins
This was an eye-opener; our fore-fathers were NOT the bright and shiny icons we were taught to worship! Read morePublished 14 months ago by P. Sinclair
I enjoyed this book. This stuff wasn't taught in school but it's interesting to read that while times change, people don't. Read morePublished 19 months ago by KRM
Real historical people mix with a few fictional characters in this novel about political intrigue in the first years of our nation. Read morePublished 22 months ago by RealityWizard
My wife and I read this book and LOVED it. This purchase was a gift to a friend. The book provides insites into our history and the founding fathers of our nation. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is the 1790s, and the new United States is in the throes of a heated debate over the future of the nation. Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by Kurt A. Johnson
I know a lot about history, though I'm no historian. I can say with all honesty I have read actual HISTORY books more interesting than this. Read morePublished on December 5, 2005 by Amazon Customer
I agree with the review that said you need a background in this time period to follow the book. I have a degree in history, and I still had to read very carefully at the beginning... Read morePublished on August 22, 2005 by tudoreng