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Gentleman boss : the life of Chester Alan Arthur

Auteur : Thomas C Reeves
Éditeur: New York : Knopf [distributed by Random House], 1975.
Collection: A Borzoi book
Édition/format:   Livre imprimé : Biographie : Anglais : [1st ed.]Voir toutes les éditions et tous les formats
Résumé:
“ ‘Chet’ Arthur President of the United States. Good God!” was perhaps the most pithy contemporary reaction to the accession of the twenty-first Chief Executive. It has certainly been the most enduring, even though Arthur himself has remained an enigma—in large part because this shrewd, secretive New Yorker saw to it that many of his private papers were destroyed shortly before he died. Drawing on a wealth of newly  Lire la suite...
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Genre/forme: Biographies
Biography
Format – détails additionnels: Online version:
Reeves, Thomas C., 1936-
Gentleman boss: the life of Chester Alan Arthur.
New York, Knopf; [distributed by Random House] 1975
(OCoLC)559507484
Online version:
Reeves, Thomas C., 1936-
Gentleman boss: the life of Chester Alan Arthur.
New York, Knopf; [distributed by Random House] 1975
(OCoLC)608421643
Personne nommée: Chester Alan Arthur; Chester Alan Arthur; Chester Alan Arthur; Chester A Arthur
Type d’ouvrage: Biographie
Type de document: Livre
Tous les auteurs / collaborateurs: Thomas C Reeves
ISBN: 0394460952 9780394460956
Numéro OCLC: 1009320
Description: xvii, 500, xix pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contenu: Zack --
Without Gold and Silver --
A Good Appointment --
Those Derisive Smiles --
Hand-Over Street --
Exciting the Whole Town --
The Keys to the Customhouse --
On the Battlefield --
A Time to Do Battle --
Pushing Things --
With a Feather --
The Crisis of His Fate --
On the Annals of History --
Encouraging Signs --
A Veritable Chesterfield --
Terribly to the Test --
Public Enemies --
Sick in Body and Soul --
Well-Informed Politicians --
Unleashing the Tariff --
A Seafaring People --
Hail to the Chief --
His Turn Has Come --
A Bolder Diplomatist --
The Angel of Sorrow --
Conclusion.
Titre de collection: A Borzoi book
Responsabilité: Thomas C. Reeves.

Résumé:

“ ‘Chet’ Arthur President of the United States. Good God!” was perhaps the most pithy contemporary reaction to the accession of the twenty-first Chief Executive. It has certainly been the most enduring, even though Arthur himself has remained an enigma—in large part because this shrewd, secretive New Yorker saw to it that many of his private papers were destroyed shortly before he died. Drawing on a wealth of newly discovered documents, Thomas Reeves has no written the definitive, full-scale biography of Arthur, revising our inconsistent assumptions about both him and his era. He gives us, for the first time, the unknown facts about Arthur’s early life: how, before he entered the boss-dominated Republican Party under the tutelage of men like the notorious Roscoe Conkling, this son of an itinerant minister was a model of nineteenth-century youthful idealism, first as a beloved schoolteacher, then as a young lawyer directly involved in the abolitionist struggle, and finally, as a conscientious and honest Quartermaster General for New York during the Civil War. Reeves assiduously plots Arthur’s consistently successful career as a master dealer in patronage and electioneering as a survivor among connivers—a career that culminated in his nomination as James Garfield’s Vice-President and, when Garfield was assassinated, his own White House inauguration, in spite of the great scandal attending his removal from the directorship of the New York Customhouse and the revelation that Garfield’s assassin claimed to be an Arthur supporter. As Reeves makes abundantly clear, this spoilsman supreme, who personified the worst gaudy excesses of the Gilded Age, administered the laws of the land honorably and even disinterestedly—to the chagrin of his fellow bosses and henchmen. Attacked by both Republican friends (the Stalwarts) and Republican foes (the Half-Breeds) and weakened by the fatal Bright’s disease (a fact that was only made public by Reeves himself in 1972), Arthur worked to eliminate extravagant government expenditures, enacted and enforced civil service reform (thus undermining the basis of his own public life), assisted in the birth of a modern navy, and initiated an aggressive, expansionist foreign policy that set precedents for later administrations. -- Amazon.com

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