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.
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).