A Booklist Amazing Guide of 2012

The odd New York Instances bestselling account of James Garfield’s upward thrust from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic historical past of his assassination and legacy, from bestselling creator of The River of Doubt, Candice Millard.  
James Abram Garfield used to be probably the most odd males ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to turn into a wunderkind pupil, a Civil Struggle hero, a well known congressman, and a reluctant presidential candidate who took at the country’s corrupt political status quo. However 4 months after Garfield’s inauguration in 1881, he used to be shot within the again through a deranged place of work-seeker named Charles Guiteau. Garfield survived the assault, However turn into the item of sour, at the back of-the-scenes struggles for energy—over his management, over the country’s long run, and, hauntingly, over his hospital treatment. Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focal point and prime-pace narrative pressure, The Future of the Republic brings alive a forgotten bankruptcy of U.S. historical past.