RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 6532797 LA English T1 The Presidencies of James A. Garfield & Chester A. Arthur A1 Doenecke, Justus D., PB Regents Press of Kansas PP Lawrence YR 1981 SN 0700602089 9780700602087 AB "This is the first single volume to focus on the presidencies of both James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur. Drawing from a host of studies on the foreign and domestic policies of the nation during the Gilded Age, as well as from his own primary research, the author presents a somewhat revisionist look at Garfield and Arthur--revisionist in that he gives the reader a renewed appreciation of both men. Far from being cynical spoilsmen or naive incompetents, individuals whose presidencies provide studies in ineptitude, Garfield and Arthur emerge as men of considerable ability. While making no claims of greatness, Doenecke maintains that each was a significant transitional figure, playing a crucial role as the institution of the presidency moved from the weak leadership of Andrew Johnson to the forceful direction of Theodore Roosevelt."--Publisher.