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The book was filled with interesting history and integrated the peripheral stories very well. The reading was clear.
So interesting! Garfield, Bell, and Lister! Dedication to purpose rarely seen today. I look forward to more books by the author.
Interesting and well-told story about an obsure topic (Garfield's presidency and assassinnation). Did a very good job of blending in ancilliary story of assassin and Alexander Graham Bell. Recommend.
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... start with this one! An incredible story of heroism, madness, egotism, humility, valour, ingenuity, and love. I would have loved to have known Garfield. We will never know how much the country would have benefited from his presidency if he had lived longer. But what he accomplished in his short presidency and, amazingly, what benefits came from the struggle to save his life, are a story every American should know.
The narrator was simply superb.
I cannot recommend this highly enough!
Loved the interplay of political, scientific, medical and psychological history. Thoroughly researches and engagingly written, I gained great respect for Garfield and greater insight into Bell's life.
I must admit, I knew very little about the assassination of President Arthur until listening to this book. It was very engaging and I enjoyed it immensely.
I would recommend this book to anyone including high school students. It is a very good book.
This book is a tremendous effort by Ms. Millard to bring to life a story passed over in American history. She very deftly Blands the stories of advances in medicine or lack there of, advances in technology, and the politics of the time. I have a much greater appreciation of the greatness of Pres. Garfield, A president I had not known very much about prior to this book. I had previously read "River of Doubt", but now believe that this book even tops that great work.
This book is great for those who love history and medicine. If you could get a young person studying the Industrial Revolution to read it they would have a better understanding of that period, It brings to life what I've learned in the past about Joseph Lister in my science and nursing classes and discusses Alexander Graham Bell. It puts you back into that period of history. The inspiration of a disabled woman on Garfield's successor demonstrates how important the "least" of us can be in life's events and in this case she had a major impact on the whole country.