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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.
A good book for someone acquitted with early American History. But, this story could be told just as well in two or three chapters, not 400+ images.Published 7 months ago by George Seeley
The novel opens with the Alexander Hamilton-Maria Reynolds scandal and continues with a vivid and creative portrayal of the Federalist period during which the two-party system was... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Keith C.
We're revisiting American history and this book fits in with the Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton books we are reading - also recommended the Rush Revere series.Published 12 months ago by Shirley Niebanck
This novel combines the best mix of salacious bits about our Founding Fathers and the hardscrabble origins of American journalism. Read morePublished 21 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 on August 9, 2013 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 on July 20, 2013 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 on January 30, 2013 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 on October 26, 2012 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 on September 24, 2012 by Amazon Customer