An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
This book is amazing. The story of the James Garfield assassination involving the shooter, James Lister (the doctor who discovered antiseptics), Alexander Graham Bell (the inventor who raced to find a way to save Garfield's life) and the man who could have been our greatest President ever, had he lived.
The villain in this story is not the man who shot the President, Guiteau an obviously crazy man, but the Doctor Bliss, the doctor in charge of saving Garfield's life. He was truly of the old school and did not follow Dr. Lister's methods. Sticking his dirty hands and/or sticks into Garfield to find the bullet and other methods that today seem like torture. Makes me wince just thinking about it.
The real hero of this story was James Garfield, a self made man. His father died when he was quite young and his mother brought him up as best she could. James worked on the Erie Canal and went to a prestigious school, first working as a janitor until the professors discovered how smart he was. The next year James taught 6 classes himself to earn his tuition. He graduated early and went on to an Ivy League school and then went back to his old high school to continue teaching. When the local senator died he was asked to replace him and as he felt it was his duty he accepted. During the Civil War he ended up being a General for the Union.
He was barely President when Guiteau shot him in a train station on July 2nd, 1881. He died Sept. 19th, 1881 and his autopsy showed the doctor in charge was looking on the wrong side of his body for the bullet. Many say now, that if they had left him alone he would have survived, since he died of the infections raging through his body. He was only 49 years old at his death.
The narrator was great and the story reads like a novel. I will always wonder what kind of Presidency Mr. Garfield would have had, had he lived. There is also a side story about his successor, Chester A. Arthur, a man known as a corrupt politician, who through the guidance of a woman named Julia Sand (an invalid who wrote Mr. Arthur letters about how he should handle this crisis) became a President that tried to follow what President Garfield would have done, much to the anger of his cronies.
A very good look at our country in the 1880's.
Well written, well researched about a pivotal time in our history, the transition from post Civil war to the dawn of the gilded age. A very personal look at politics and human nature.
The end was very moving.
The reader was good
i've bought a lot of books paul michael's narrates. he's awesome.
yes!!! i couldn't wait to get in my car for the long commute to work to listen to this book.
love it!! one of the best audiobooks i've listened to.
The story itself is very good and well written. It sheds light on a period that not many people know about. The narration is OK except when he does women's voices or accents. He should just use his normal voice.
I am glad I listened to it, but it is almost a youth style book in that Garfield and Bell are too good to be true.
A more realistic portrait of Garfield. He was too good to be true.
A good voice. Very easy to listen to.
Garfield's countenance in face of all that pain.
Some interesting facts. I debated hard on whether to give it 3 or 4 stars, but since I was glad to listen to it, I gave it 4.
Very good! Not aware of the effect of this incredibly short presidency on the history of the country.
Garfield. Didn't know anything about him before I read this book. Because of the descriptions of him, I want to know more.
He made the individuals more individual.
I knew that Garfield was going to die, but listening to the events, I did cry when he died, and the national reactions to his death. I really winced alot when they described all the horrible treatments that he was subjected to.
Any book that makes me want to explore more about the subject is a great book.
Just a poster
There were a couple of dry points but all tolled a good book. If you enjoy knowing a little of the details of history and the interplay of some of the great names we've heard about all our lives it is a very good story.
Amongst my favorites.
Verifies my notion that the best audio books are those read by professional voice actors. The readers voice was clear and the pace was perfect. At first his female impersonations were a little distracting but I got use to his transitions. Overall I really enjoyed listening to this book
Destiny of the Republic was as entertaining as it was educational.
Very interesting story. Very interesting twist of famous inventer, Alexander Graham Bell, trying to save the life of President Garfield. I did not know much about James Garfield, but found him to be a very interesting person. It is sad that he was murdered, in that he may have been one of the better President's.