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.
Along with learning about the great stories of the lesser known Garfield, learning about how this was all tied into the lives of those inventors and doctors that shaped our country and the world's future, was very interesting and enjoyable.
Excellent book - I'm amazed by President Garfield and absolutely sickened by his unnecessary death. This book was such a great insight to his life and his views. I didn't know much about him, but am happy to have read this account.
This is an interesting book about the assassination of President Garfield and about his assassin. However, the listener should understand that the scope of the book is limited mostly to the assassination and the events leading up to it. There is very little about Garfield's background and almost nothing about his war experiences, his service as a Congressman, the accomplishments of his very short presidency, or the impact his death had on the country under his successor, President Arthur. It is, however, a well told tale about a tragic and stupid event in our history. If you go into it understanding that it is the story of the assassination; not a biography of James Garfield you are likely to enjoy the book very much. It is certainly an event I didn't know much about and further evidence of how tragic it was that this country was so slow to accept the germ theory of disease.
great stories that can change your world!
I don't know, I haven't read the book only listened to it.
It is history not change can be made to it.
Excellent reader, kept me it.
The timing of life
Very well written and an amazing narration. A fascinating story about a lost part of our American history (well, I had been pretty much unaware of it and can only assume that the average person would share that sentiment).
The third most interesting book I've ever read, it weaves politics, history, science, and medicine. I knew nothing about Garfield before I read this book, and now I feel like I know the guy.
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.