This is a very informative, well written popular history book that flows well and is very engaging. I learned about President Garfield's life and the circumstances surrounding his assassination by Charles Guiteau, as well as some biographical information on Alexander Graham Bell, Chester Arthur and Roscoe Conkling. We will never know how Garfield's presidency might have evolved, but from the description of his character in the book, he might have been an excellent leader. Millard's description of Garfield's wound and infection made me wince; his was such a preventable death. I was so involved in the story that I wanted to reach out and shake Garfield's pompous,egoistic doctor, Bliss, who pigheadedly kept every other doctor away from the president. This was a great listen all around - I'm looking forward to reading Millard's other book on Theodore Roosevelt.
The narration by Paul Michael was top-notch. I especially liked his voicing of Alexander Graham Bell.
I had heard from several people that this was a really interesting book. It was. Not a page-turner, but a story of a very good man who is dragged into the presidency. Lister has discovered germs, but the American medical establishment refuses to believe in it so Garfield dies a slow, painful death. It's a story of a madman, a good man and a man who sees his chance for fame. I really enjoyed it.
The shooting scene in the train station in Washington.
I enjoyed the convention in Chicago were Garfield is reluctantly "drafted" to run for President.
It was such a good listen that when it was over I wanted more. It reads like a novel, but it all actually happened! Highly recommended
This is a book that should appeal to anyone fascinated by history, politics, the emergence of technology in 1890s, the 'western frontier ' of the Midwest and of what forces cause the convergence of these as plot lines.
Besides the outstanding book's writing (and research) the author has a clever knack for good dialogue. This is a great book to listen to while driving--city driving or country, leisurely driving. I am lucky. I live in Washington DC so it fascinates me to drive by the modern locations where so many of these events take place. Don't miss out on a great book. THis might be the best Audible book that I have gotten this year. The narrator is terrific--he handles many accents in both genders really well. Some narrators spoil an otherwise very good book. This narrator adds to the story while not distracting the reader. Sometimes is 'sounds' like a well written play for radio.
This would make a great book for anyone planning a vacation or business trip to Washington DC. I'd like to suggest that Audible add a category for travel so that people can download books about the destinations where they plan to travel to.
I liked this book and learning about Garfield. His death was all I really knew anything about so finding out how extraordinary he was was and more about the times, particularly the science of the times, was well worth the time spent . I found the writing to be repetetive, however, and in serious need of a good editor. The performance was very good.
The Q :While I drive, on public transportation, when there is a need to tune everyone out and transport myself to another place, another time...
There is so much about this work I enjoyed, what an amazing story, barely touched upon in our history books. I knew nothing of President Garfield, and now I want to read so much more. What an interesting person, worth more than a footnote in the our history books. From his birth, family struggle, education, abolition beliefs, military career in the Civil War, and his political life - just the story of his unsolicited nomination for the presidency. That in and of itself is worthy of more study. Many others in the book are worth more research.
Killer of Little Shepards - because it is a study of new ideas - and trying to get people to accept and change their understanding. Reminds one not to be so arrogant on today's position - tomorrow could bring about a new and better understanding.
The Chicago convention when he was nominated as the Republican Party's nomination. I want to find more on the event. But have to say I was engrossed (gross being the operative word) the description of the awful archaic medical practices that truly caused President Garfield's death.
Absolutely - listened to in two days - any chance I could.
It was such an fascinating time in America, where all these names intersect - Bell,Edison, Grant, Sherman, Todd Lincoln. We were on the cusp - the Civil War not so distant past, and just around the corner, the explosion of a fast and vastly changing world - electricity, telephone,the industrial revolution. It seems this book reflects this moment in time when the past and future is an almost visible line.
Most interesting book
Books that give you information that you never knew before. I did not know anything about President Garfield, except that he had been assassinated. This book brought President Garfield to life.
He made all the characters real. There was no mistaking who was speaking. In a book the voices do not change. I especially enjoyed how Mr. Michael changed his voice so that you knew it was a quote.
It caused me to look up facts about what happen in great detail. I looked up where he died, where he is buried. Photos of the people and places. Caused me to discuss President Garfield with others, who, like me, knew nothing about President Garfield.
I recommended this book to several of my friends. I knew they would enjoy it as much as I did.
It made me wonder how the world would have been different if President Garfield had lived.
I love Audible!! I have little time to read because I drive about an hour and a half each day. Audible gets me through books in days that would normally take months to finish.
This was a fascinating story of a set of events that I knew nothing about. Other reviewers have given the details, but I just wanted to add my two thumbs up. Everything about this audiobook was great.