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James A. Garfield

Author: Ira M Rutkow
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2007.
Series: American presidents series (Times Books (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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James A. Garfield was one of the Republican Party's leading lights in the years following the Civil War. Born in a log cabin, he rose to become a college president, Union Army general, and congressman - all by the age of thirty-two. Embodying the strive-and-succeed spirit that captured the imagination of Americans in his time, he was elected president in 1880. It is no surprise that one of his biographers was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: James A Garfield; James A Garfield
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Ira M Rutkow
OCLC Number: 173620910
Notes: Originally published: New York : Times Books, ©2006. 1st ed.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Early years --
Civil War --
Congressional career --
Private Garfield --
Presidential election of 1880 --
Garfield's administration --
Assassination attempt --
State of American medicine --
Eighty days --
Aftermath --
Epilogue: Garfield and modern medicine --
Milestones.
Series Title: American presidents series (Times Books (Firm))
Responsibility: Ira Rutkow.

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James A. Garfield was one of the Republican Party's leading lights in the years following the Civil War. Born in a log cabin, he rose to become a college president, Union Army general, and congressman - all by the age of thirty-two. Embodying the strive-and-succeed spirit that captured the imagination of Americans in his time, he was elected president in 1880. It is no surprise that one of his biographers was Horatio Alger. Garfield's term in office, however, was cut tragically short. Just four months into his presidency, a would-be assassin approached Garfield at the Washington, D.C., railroad station and fired a single shot into his back. Garfield's bad luck was to have his fate placed in the care of arrogant physicians who did not accept the new theory of antisepsis. Probing the wound with unwashed and occasionally manure-laden hands, Garfield's doctors introduced terrible infections and brought about his death two months later. [In this book, the author] offers an insightful portrait of Garfield and an unsparing narrative of the medical crisis that defined and destroyed his presidency. For all his youthful ambition, the only mark Garfield would make on the office would be one of wasted promise.-Dust jacket.

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