Books: Scoundrel or Scapegoat?

PRINCE OF CARPETBAGGERS (319 pp.) —Jonathan Daniels—Lippincott($4.95).

He was so strikingly handsome that an army chaplain called him "beautiful to behold"; yet historians of the Reconstruction era have dubbed him "the outstanding figure in filth." He was cited for gallantry at Shiloh—and lived to be reviled as "Prince of Bummers." He was a devoted family man, and yet spent much of his time with another man's wife. Some $16 million in bonds, three mansions, a railroad, and countless acres of timberland passed through his hands; but the day came when he was jailed...

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