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Scandalmonger (Harvest Book) Paperback – June 7, 2001
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The Players are not new, nor are the stories. Mr. Safire's gift is his ability to transform what can often be the tedious study of dates and facts, into a thrilling read. If he were to write textbooks, without literary license, the study of our Country's History would reach new levels of popularity.
Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, James Monroe, Dr. Benjamin Rush, all old and familiar, but all new here. Duels, stolen letters, written admissions of guilt, peculation, and pecadillos, these bits are all true. The Alien and Sedition act, one of the most notorious pieces of legislation in our Country's History plays a prominent role. Add then murder, wrongful imprisonment, treason, and trials with "The Hanging Judge" Samuel Chase.
And to bring the story into the present, the analyses of certain persons DNA to at once settle 200-year-old questions/accusations. Or do they not?
It may sound strange to say that I don't want to give any of the book's stories away, for how can you give away what is historical fact? But with or without the twistery, the book makes old information fresh, and shows that our elected officials today, and the press that follow their every breath have changed oh so little.
Buy it, you'll love it!
Callender, a refugee from press persecution in Scotland and down on his luck, is selected to break the story of Alexander Hamilton's supposed financial impropriaties at the Treasury Department. This becomes a fascinating story when the "facts" of the case intersect with Hamilton's secret sexual relationship with the wife of his supposed accomplice and he allows the sexual scandal to be used to coverup (and "explain") the financial one. To oversimplify the book's complex story lines, Callender goes from success with his Hamilton expose to being the subject of government pressure to silence him. The Sedition laws are passed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 9 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 13 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 15 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 23 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