- Series: [Signature series book]
- Hardcover: 500 pages
- Publisher: American Political Biography Press; Revised edition (July 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0945707037
- ISBN-13: 978-0945707035
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur ([Signature series book]) Revised Edition
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Reeves also contradicts himself at one point about Arthur's wife, who was either on such bad terms with her husband that they were on the verge of separating upon her death, or they were so in love that Arthur was crushed by her departure. Additionally, Reeves provides two lengthy explanations of the star route frauds about a hundred pages apart from each other that are nearly identical.
If you're just looking for a biography on a random president, I would choose another book. But if you're specifically looking for a work on Arthur, be forewarned that you'll get a lot of information about Roscoe Conkling and that the book's treatment of Hayes (and, even in someplaces, of Garfield) leaves out a lot of the redeeming qualities of the man who previously held the office.
I read the reviews here on this book before I bought it. I have to say I disagree with people here saying the first part of the book wasn't about him. Chester Arthur was a key member of the Conkling machine - that's what he did. For like, over a decade. Under President Grant, Collector of the Port of New York by day, and politico by night. In the most lucrative appointed position in the federal government. Being Collector and the guy pulling the levers of power behind the curtain is what gave him the leverage to position himself to go for the Vice Presidential nomination when ONE GUY in the Ohio delegation decided to go ahead and give the New York Stalwarts and the rest of the Grant people a bone. The ten or so pages of how Arthur slipped onto the ticket are among the best in the book, in my view.
Overall the book was very well written an enjoyable for those who enjoy a good discussion of Gilded Age politics and intrigue.