Garfield: A Biography

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Kent State University Press, 1978 - Biography & Autobiography - 716 pages
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"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.
 

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User Review  - SCRH - LibraryThing

A fairly comprehensive biography of a man who potentially would have been a fine President. Garfield was a Disciples of Christ preacher who made it to the White House. Throughout his life, he remained faithful to his religious heritage. The book is well-documented; indexed. Read full review

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User Review  - norwayken - LibraryThing

A fairly comprehensive biography of a man who potentially would have been a fine President. Garfield was a Disciples of Christ preacher who made it to the White House. Throughout his life, he remained faithful to his religious heritage. The book is well-documented; indexed. Read full review

Contents

Chaos of Childhood
3
A Very Pulpy Boy
14
On One End of a Log
33
The Decision Must Come
47
A Rising Man
67
Colonel Garfield
86
The Hero of the Sandy Valley
99
At the Front
132
Ruling Elder
304
Standing by the Old Ship
329
Anno Diaboli
354
In the Bear Garden
387
Retrieving the Irretrievable Calamity
407
Party Pacificator
420
PART THREE 21 The PutUp Job
451
A Busy Pleasant Summer
482

At the Capital
149
Bobbing Around
167
To the River of Death
191
PART
221
Pushing Lincoln
223
Trying to be a Radical
252
and not a Fool
282
Justice and Judgment 314
514
The Porcupine Administration
543
Strangulatus Pro Republica
582
Notes
615
Sources Cited
691
Index
707
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About the author (1978)

Allan Peskin is Professor Emeritus of History at Cleveland State University. His biography Garfield (Kent State University Press, 1978) remains the preeminent work on the subject.

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