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- Print Length: 354 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; 1st edition (September 20, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 20, 2011
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004J4X33O
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The president's assassin is given nearly as much attention as the president. There are times when the book has the feel of a thriller, as the ominous Charles Guiteau weaves in and out of the text, inching himself closer to the president. Millard depicts Guiteau as a con man with delusions of grandeur whose madness was characterized by a growing belief that his plan to assassinate Garfield was divinely inspired.
The assassination occurs at the book's midway point. Millard then treats us to a different kind of political battle, a medical drama about doctors who vie for the opportunity to treat the president and who, ironically, become responsible for his death.Read more ›
As sad as the story is, I loved the telling of it in this book. Author Candice Millard did a wonderful job of tying together the different people most important in this tragedy, and the mood of the times. I would never have known otherwise that Alexander Graham Bell invented a metal detector so that he could try to locate the bullet still in Garfield's body. I needed a bit stronger stomach than I have to read about Garfield's treatment and the progression of his illness. And, 130 years after his death, I am sorry that he did not get the chance to live his full potential as president. I highly recommend this excellent book.
Thank you to the publisher for giving me an advance reader's edition of the book.
The first mention of Garfield that intrigued me recently came in 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodhart. There, a chapter featured a youngish Garfield, empowered, on the verge of his war greatness, yet somehow innocent and compelling. Had I not read that chapter in 1861, I may have completely skipped over this book. Fortunately I didn't, because Candice Millard's book on his assassination poses many questions, and is incredibly intriguing.
Millard's prose is quick, creating a true page turner. Not overly dwelling in minute details, Millard raises the president from boyhood to presidency quickly, from his hardscrabble existence to his later glories on the battlefield and in the political arena. Garifeld, the man who never wanted to become president, found himself the candidate to break a deadlock in the election. Stepping up to the office, Garfield, saddled with a running mate from a political machine, Chester Arthur, wins and embraces the role of president he would have for a few short months.
We also track the life of the crazed assassin Charles Guiteau, deranged office seeker who was convinced he put Garfield in office with a singular weak speech and then showed up to claim his rightful spot in the administration.Read more ›
Destiny of the Republic, which is a phrase from a nominating speech James A. Garfield gave at the Republican convention of 1880, is a fine bit of flowery oratory, but as a book title, I find it completely forgettable. "Decline of the Nation? Debacle of the Century? No, but it's something similar..."
Aside from the dull title, the book is a corker. In the first scene we find our hero, Congressman Garfield, at the Centennial Exposition in Pennsylvania in 1876. He strides along, taking in the displays, while other attendees pay to be pushed in wheelchairs. It seems the spectacle of agile people hopping in and out of their rental rascal scooters at the State Fair that I just visited is part of a long American tradition.
This is not a traditional presidential biography. Instead, Candice Millard has focused the book on the attempted assassination of Garfield and the excruciating two months that followed his shooting.
Millard describes Garfield's rise from poor childhood to academic to state representative to president. On separate but converging paths to Garfield's story are the narratives of Charles Guiteau, the unhinged man who shot Garfield, and inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who was feverishly working on a kind of x-ray/metal detector that everyone hoped would save the president's life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is and fascinating story about James Garfield's election and sad circumstances surrounding his death. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Gerrilyn Aubin
I had trouble sticking with this book, but I am unsure as to why. It was interesting, but for some reason did not keep my attention for long periods.Published 3 days ago by dwade39
An extremely well written book. It gives a well rounded picture of President Garfield, reads like a novel and is full of interesting facts. Read morePublished 4 days ago by justmejo
Engaging, steady, and thorough. It is amazing how little we know of this extraordinary President. His death in the hands of an arrogant Doctor should not be forgotten.Published 5 days ago by Fish-n-Write
Loved this book...the author allowed the reader to know the man, James Garfield, but also informed us of the political landscape for that time period. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Trixie
This book is so well written that it makes you feel like you are living in the era (late 19th century) it describes rather than just reading about it. Read morePublished 10 days ago by William E. Schwarz
Some are destined for fame others have it thrust upon them . . . true of President Garfield. This book was fascinating, in part because I never remember hearing much about... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Rad CC
Well documented and put together. Learned a lot about our history and great President whose life was cut too short. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Micah
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