A must 'read' if you want to know the whole story of James A Garfield and the entire story surrounding his election, presidency, murder and the many people involved with his life and death. Many little know and interesting facts told in a manner that is quite interesting. If you have any interest in Presidents or an era don't pass this one up.
Making my way through all the US President a biography at a time.
I was apprehensive of this book as I read Scott Miller's McKinley bio which mixed the bios of President and Assassin with mediocre success.
Candice Millard deserves high praise for weaving three stories in one and so fluidly that the reader is never disjointed in temporal limbo. Garfield was perhaps the nicest president I've read about who had a bear hug for his enemies as well as his friends. His tragic shooting brought North and South together in post civil war America. While not a full bio of the president, the selection of stories and analysis included paint a clear and impressively full picture of Garfield (in stark contrast to Scott's McKinley). Add the assassin and inventor Alexander Graham Bell who all some how come equally alive and you've got perhaps the most riveting of the multi-biography I've seen. Garfield wasn't Lincoln but Candid Millard is as good as Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals.
I loved learning about a president that I really knew nothing about. The memorable moment was watching how he went through such pain without dragging anyone into his troubles or blaming. Good example for us all.
Listening to him read made the book come alive.
I'm a Sci-Fi Fan, during a road trip we stopped by a bookstore and I found an audiobook of L. K. Hamiltion's "Cerulean Sins" & I was hooked.
I found it to be one of the better history (story) books I’ve read. The author really has the knack of bringing you down into the room with the characters of history. Wonderful writing.
The one thing that stuck out in my mind was this, we had for the first time in a long time a President that didn’t want the job but was more than capable of performing the duties of his office and some idiot shoots him. Oh the irony. To top that, the doctors of the time are most likely the reason of him dying. How life would be if just that one man hadn’t died.
I never appreciated Garfield until I heard his story. Great job by Candice Millard in putting this together for us.
This was a part of history I knew absolutely nothing about. The story is riveting, and the different parts are woven together so well--information about Garfield, his assassin, Alexander Graham Bell, and the medical profession. I loved the narrator. If you are even slightly interested in history, listen to this book!
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.