My complaint with this work is that it is overreaching, a bit too all encompassing, to the point that it becomes a bit unwieldy. It's strongest moments are the stories of people, the fly on the wall moments, especially early on in the book, Peabody and Pierpont Morgan. As the book progresses, it delves too much into World History, and becomes more of a summary, less of the "scene", as a result. I found Chernow's later work on Hamilton, far more compelling due to its narrower scope. That said, I enjoyed and would recommend this to readers interested in world history with an emphasis on finance.
I disliked the narration by Dean, just a personal take, his voice lacked tonality for me, withdrew rather than added any drama or interest.
This account of the death of President Garfield, focuses on the medical debacle of his treatment from a gunshot wound from a deranged assassin, and is quite unexpected and very interesting! The story of Garfield and his short presidency upto that time is while interesting, not extraordinary, but the slice of life of late 19th century medicine and the story of Garfield's treatment makes this book a very worthwhile read indeed.
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