Yes, it is an excellent book that is well-written and well-narrated. The three-pronged approach to the subject: Garfield himself, the assassin Guiteau and Alexander Graham Bell worked well. It also tied in changes in science and medicine, as well as society.
I knew parts of the history involved, but this filled in with wonderful details. I learned alot.
James Garfield was such a nice person. I am glad I learned his story.
The narrative was expertly and entertainingly laid out. It was compelling and thorough. The parallel stories that had a profound effect on the outcome was excellent and linear. Not just a fact based recounting. Garfield is usually quickly discussed in history classes and books, but this book makes you wish he could have been President longer.
Definitely in my Top Five books for 2011!
Great, well narrated, lyrical audiobook on little-known President Garfield, his killer, and especially the state of wound management, crony politicians, and the beginning of the security detail for presidents. Twenty years after Lincoln's assassination, Garfield was never afforded, nor requested, a security detail. Amazingly, it took him nearly three months to die thanks to poor medical care. Even Alexander Bell's early Xray invention is brought to bear. I had no idea of any of Garfield's accomplishments, or that he was one of the few early abolitionists fighting against the Southern Democrats for black suffrage. Great book, perfect length. Only drawback: Bell's Scottish brogue is off, and female voices are falsettoed.
Really well put together story and enlightening story. Even if none of it were true, it would be a great novel, the fact that it's actual history makes it even better.
Millard does a great job of bringing three separate stories together. Each of the three stories are interesting on their own, but she weaves them together very well.
This is an outstanding book about the life and assination of President Garfield. The narrator is also very good. You will not be disappointed with this audiobook!
Candace Millard takes the listener behind the scenes of the 20th president, medical practices and inventions of the times. The story brings you the humanistic side of history. Actually, this audible prompted me to take a trip to the James A. Garfield Historic Site in Mentor, OH. Well worth the trip.
C. Milliard's book River of Doubt is another wonderful listen.
This shockingly true story is superbly written (and, equally, brilliantly narrated) with details that make it seem like you were, actually, there when it happened. From the language, as it was spoken in the late 19th Century, to the intertwined stories surrounding this presidency.
I'll be searching for more books narrated by Paul Michael, as well.
Very well written and preformed. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in American history.