This was a fascinating story, one not well known to most I suspect. Using the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 as a starting point, the author brings together story lines involving Joseph Lister, proponent of antiseptic surgery, Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, a group of American surgeons, who rejected Lister's techniques, and, of course, James A. Garfield, soon-to-be President of the United States. It is a well told and engaging story from start to finish.
I was particularly gratified to learn about the man, Garfield, and what a great loss to the nation he turned out to be. His presidency came at a turning point in American history, and one can only speculate whether his attitudes and policies about the South, reunification, and the role of African-Americans might have prevented Jim Crow and 75 years of segregation and violence against blacks. These are my own speculations, not those of the author, but she certainly paints a picture of Garfield that makes one wonder!
Good book, well read. Get it!
Not unless it was highly recommended.
It provided some interesting facts about a little known President and his assassin, but very little about his political views or agenda, his achievements in Congress or the major issues of the day. It also gave too much detail about unimportant or uninteresting things.
Start this book and you are caught up at once..Loved that!!! Then it keeps you enthralled.
Accurate, interesting, and very well written
The historical details that were so smoothly weaved into the plot.
I have not listened to Paul Michael before but was quite impressed with his ability to change voices and depict so many characters throughout the book.
The moment that moved me was when Garfield lay dying and commented to a visitor that his presidential legacy would not amount to anything.
I love this genre of books and hope I hear and see many more.
Well written and researched. It wove a tale that I never knew fully, and I consider myself a student of history, particularly American political history. It offers a completely fresh perspective on Garfield, and the intrigue surrounding his death. Incredible to think of how things may have turned out differently if the doctors in charge of his care had behaved differently. Well done.
A.G.Bell: He took the initiative to challenge himself to help the President without any regard for publicity. This is in direct opposition to the doctor who took it upon himself to care for Garfield.
The story is easy to follow and fascinating. It intertwines closely related accounts of contemporary giants, Dr Jospeph Lister (pioneer of sterile surgery) and Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the telephone)
James Garfield is an ideal human being and a rare politician since he is intelligent, honest and was essentially forced into politics without any desire to control other human beings. He was intensely honest, brave and a self made family man with great respect for Black Americans at a time spanning slavery and emancipation. President Garfield is an inspiring human being. The biography reads like a captivating novel. You will not be able to put it down once you are through the second chapter.
The centennial world's fair which was attended by Garfield, Dr Lister and Alexander Graham Bell.
James Garfield's dramatic promotion from janitor to assistant professor at Western Reserve.
Great narration. James Garfield is well worth knowing. His life and story will enrich any listener.
Definitely a newbie
For my first audio edition adventure I would have to say I am rather impressed. Reading a book of this type would prove nearly impossible.
The events that took place immediately after the shooting.
President Garfield followed by Alexander Bell
This book has me feeling amazed about all the suffering that has lead us up to this point.
This book was very exciting! Great story telling!
Heart breaking story.
Garfield's story can best be summed up by John Greenleaf Whittier's words “For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.”
Detailed Insiteful Dramatic
The glimpses into the everyday lives of the people at the time. Details of all walks of life.
Extremely interesting in the way that the small details about Washington, the people, machines, and technology of the period. So vivid I thought I was watching the movie.
Dont start if you have to stop. Interestingly there is very little political insight woven in. I appriciated the book, author and narrator.