"True crime fans will relish this thoughtful look at a murder and its aftermath that riveted a nation."  


- Publishers Weekly 

Star Spangled Scandal 

Barton Key, son of Francis Scott and US Attorney for Washington, lies dead in front of the White House.  Congressman Daniel Sickles is the killer.  The cause: a liaison with his wife, Teresa.  A sensational trial, shocking defense, and surprise verdict riveted the nation in America's first major scandal.  









Acclaim for Chris DeRose

The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them (Rowman and Littlefield/Lyons Press), a New York Times Bestseller


"[A] well-written, thorough, and engaging look into a unique political situation in American history."

  • Publisher’s Weekly


“A revelation of eye-opening facts that are otherwise overlooked.”

  • Kirkus


“A masterful analysis of the time.” 

  • Civil War News



  • The Christian Science Monitor



  • Library Journal


Congressman Lincoln: The Making of America’s Greatest President (Simon & Schuster/Threshold)

"[A] gripping portrait of the young Lincoln and the polarized Congress in which he served."

  • Library Journal


"A vibrant impression of Lincoln’s activity as he circulated through Washington’s political whirls. Lincoln fans will be absorbed by DeRose’s able account about the Thirtieth Congress’ representative from the Seventh Congressional District of Illinois."

  • Booklist


Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, the Bill of Rights, and the Election That Saved a Nation (Regnery History)


A fresh take on a well-known friendship and rivalry during the early establishment of the U.S. Constitution…compelling narrative throughout…A lively, clear-cut study of the myriad hurdles and uncertainty that characterized the first attempts to form the U.S. government.”

  • Kirkus


“An engaging account of the Republic’s contentious founding.”

  • Publisher’s Weekly


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