Compelling, intriguing, well-researched
Learning about a topic about which I knew nothing
Too long for one sitting, but made me want to get back to it as soon as possible
Very well written. After finishing this, I bought two other books by this author on the basis of how much I enjoyed this one.
Part of American history that us often little stuidied, Millard sheds a steady light on for us with this interesting examination of James Garfield, Charles Guiteau, and Bell. The narration is stellar and the book is amzing.
A true rags to riches story of a self-determined, self-educated, young man raised by his widowed mother on the Ohio frontier. Ascended to presidency against his desires, as a freshman congressman, respected as a True Bastion of Liberty for All Men. Well rounded and a voracious reader, student of history, math and science, as any Presidential figure ought to be.
What to me was the most insightful, was how ignorant and arrogant people are. I think we as Americans imagine ourselves to be, and have always been a nation of people of leading in science, medicine, and thought. No nation or people can rival us. This book points out how ignorant we can be.
It was enlightening.
Subject of choice: History. Along with politics, business, and science.
The book brought to life politicians in a period of American history that is somewhat shunned and forgotten. Men like Garfield and Chester Arthur are just random names in a recited list to most Americans. This book humanizes them and makes them real. It shows how they transformed from point A to point B in their lives. In a lot of ways it takes men from a maligned time and enlivens them to a point that you'd almost prefer them to the shallow leaders we have today.
"Mornings On Horseback" by David McCullpugh. In a lot of ways this was a good follow up read for the McCullough book which covers a lot of Teddy Roosevelts fathers career. There is a bit of a crossover villain in Roscoe Conkling. The two books together really enlighten you on the post Civil War North.
3-4 sittings. Could have been much faster, the book flies by.
For those who probably didn't pay much attention in high school, this is a wonderful account of life in America in the late 1800s and President Garfield.