Interesting. Heartbreaking. Compelling
The compelling story wrapped up in history.
None stand out as a favorite. They were all good.
No. Some of the story created such angst that you wanted to stop to get away from it for awhile. What Mr. Garfield went through from his doctors made me angry and sad and want to step back to recover before continuing. Knowing the ending, of course, took some of the compelling aspect from the conclusion.
The fabulous research that went into this master piece of literary writing is phenomenal. The production and presentation are masterful. I was pleased and encouraged with which the book came alive and the history was laid out in perfect detail.
This well-written book does a great job of portraying a president I had previously known little about. It shows how Garfield's life and death fit in with other historic events of the times
insightful - interesting - gripping
I learned way more about President Garfield and 19th century medical practices than I did in school. Truly a great loss to the country.
He handled the seriousness of the topic with grace.
I have no opinion
It's so obvious to us now how backward their medical care was. The arrogance of doctors hasn't changed much, though.
The mark of a great work of nonfiction is when you find yourself gripped by the unfolding of its events even when you know exactly how it's going to end. Millard does exactly that with this fantastic retelling of the inevitable, fateful meeting of James A. Garfield and Charles Guiteau, the latter of whom only turns out to be partly responsible for the former's death.
This book is part American Reconstruction history lesson, part indictment of the now-horrific medical practices of the 1800s. I rarely find historic works to be too short, but this one almost was.
Alexander Graham Bell who desperately works to save the president's life. This is a little-known piece of American history that's endlessly fascinating.
Alexander Graham Bell. Perfect Scottish brogue.
Take The Later Train, Mister President.
Excellence in every category that makes an audio book enjoyable: story, accuracy of historical details, writing style and narrative performance, all deserve the highest praise! A captivating audio book experience!
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.