The definitive biography of America s 20th president, James A Garfield Exhaustively researched and skillfully written Winner of the Ohio Academy of History Award, the Ohioana Book Award in History, and a Choice Outstanding Academic Book of the Year Garfield s military career, the congressional years, the Presidency, receive thorough attention and evaluation, and one of the delights of this massive biography is that Peskin writes so well This is a brilliant and skillful portrait of a man of many parts, of the political and social landscape of his time Publishers Weekly...
|Publisher||:||The Kent State University Press April 1, 1978|
|Number of Pages||:||716 pages|
|File Size||:||965 KB|
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This is an engaging book about a man whose life story would seem to be the opposite. Garfield spent seventeen years in the House of Representatives and his main interest was finance and the economy. As Peskin notes, he would have much preferred to be in a college environment but ended up dealing politically with people like James Blaine and Roscoe Conkling. He was a functional president for only four months and died of an assassin’s bullet after two months of intense suffering largely brought on by his doctors. While Garfield’s Civil War experience and the assassination are interesting in themselves, not much else in Garfield’s life is gripping material. Yet this is one of the most engaging historical biographies on the market.
I am reading biographies of each of the Presidents. This one by far is the best biography that I have read on any of them.
Mr. Peskin fulfills what every reader should demand...a clear view of every facet of Garfield's life which made him into the leader, albeit flawed (as all are), that he became. The insight into the humanity coupled with the periods of strong leadership make for a balanced book. I was not expecting much when preparing to read this biography on my quest to find and own the best biography on every president. I was pleasantly surprised.
I found this Presidential biography to be very honestly written...meaning that it did not overly praise the former Chief-Executive and it really opened his life up and showed his mistakes and his poor character traits as equally as it showed his good qualities and his political abilities. I do recommend it since it really explains the importance of Garfield's political life and short Presidency and it covers the assassination fairly well. I did read an additional book on the assassination that delved more into Guiteau, the assassin. I recommend doing that to get better insight into Guiteau's madness because this biography does not strongly focus on Guiteau so much.
Peskin's biography of President Garfield is full and well researched. Each period of the president's life receives balanced treatment: his childhood, education, congressional career and presidency. Peskin goes to great lengths to examine (explain) Garfield's emotional and psychological makeup, his complex mix of confidence, doubt and sense of destiny.
Outstanding in its detail...probably the best source of info on President Garfield in print.
If you are looking strictly for facts about James Garfield, this is a good book on a President in which little is known or written about. This deals with his religious upbringing, Civil War experience, and his political career. As I was reading I always anticipated the author was leading me to the climax of the situation, but I found myself only stumbling into more tedious facts about Garfield. For example, there are a few references to Garfield being a strong backer of our money being linked to the gold standard. I was anticipating the book leading me into insight as to why Garfield felt so strongly about this and commentary he made concerning this. But the author doesn't delve into it.