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Patrick

Vacaville, California, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1970)
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    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Illuminating of Garfield's greatness."
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    To a fan of presidential history, this book concisely and compellingly highlights the character, wit, and courage of an often overlooked president. Would the Guilded Age have progressed differently had Garfield survived? We'll never know but this book tells the story a much beloved president. As a history buff I'm especially grateful for a story that illustrates a critical ripple in the fate of the nation. In the case of Garfield's assassination, it was certainly for ill. He was a great American; citizen, teacher, general, congressman, and even president in the too brief time he presided. Much obliged for the great read.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Samantha Power
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (22)
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    (21)
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    (21)

    In her award-winning interrogation of the last century of American history, Samantha Power - a former Balkan war correspondent and founding executive director of Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy - asks the haunting question: Why do American leaders who vow “never again” repeatedly fail to stop genocide?

    Patrick says: "Powerful"
    "Powerful"
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    This book is good history in a way so few are. The stories are compelling not just for what they entail but the degree of frequency they show genocide to occur in merely the past century. And having been published before the tragedy of Darfur it shows we still haven't learned. Its great also for showing several heroes most people are likely not even aware of. Most prominnently William Proxmire, Senate successor of Joseph McCarthy. Amazing work. And I am rarely so powerfully surprised by history works anymore. A difficult topic. But worthy of everyone's attention and expertly handled by both author and narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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