This book was referred to me by a friend. I'm normally not into biography type books but listening to it on Audiable was the perfect option for me. I was hooked from line one! This book was beautifully written and eye opening. I loved how it intertwined three people's stories into one. After reading this made me truly thankful to all the advances we've had in modern medicine. I would recommend this book to everyone and wish this was the kind of book they made you read in school!
Absolutely! And would recommend this book and tape to anyone who loves history.
Beautiful writing and a compelling narrative. Science, madness and a Presidency collide. Kudos to Candice Millard. I am going to read her first book as well - as this one, her second, was absolutely riveting. Also, the narrator, Paul Michael is TERRIFIC.
How did I not know this history? Intriguing convergence of lives to tell of the life and character of one of the nation's most remarkable presidents. Right up there with Lincoln. Who knew? I do now.
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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.