Scoundrel!

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Historian and novelist Keith Thompson explores the American Revolution through the eyes of General James Wilkinson, a real-life scoundrel from our nation’s early history. In the tradition of George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman novels, Scoundrel! mixes fact and fiction through Thompson’s intense characterization and marvelous story-telling. More

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Review by: Scott Skipper on May 10, 2012 :
“Scoundrel” is the American Revolution through the eyes of the most amoral, self serving, duplicitous, lying, cheating, thieving, ass licking miscreant in American History. General James Wilkinson narrates the war from an insider’s candid perspective. He reveals every wart, defect and wild hair residing on the lily white hides of our Revolutionary heroes, including his own. The story is clever, irreverent, humorous and convincing as it follows the career of a relatively obscure player in the revolutionary drama. You will find “Scoundrel” in the vein of Rousseau’s “Confessions” and Casanova’s autobiography but infinitely more readable. I might go so far as to call it the “Catch 22” of the revolutionary period. It’s a great piece of historical fiction that, were Stanley Kubrick still alive, would look great on the screen. I got a surprise at the end when I read Keith Thompson's bio and realized that he probably based his Wilkinson character on himself.
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