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Dark horse : the surprise election and political murder of President James A. Garfield / Kenneth D. Ackerman.

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In this book Kenneth Ackerman re-creates an American political landscape where fierce battles for power unfolded against a chivalrous code of honor in a country struggling to emerge from the long shadow of recent war. He casts familiar Civil War figures like Ulysses S. Grant and Winfield Scott Hancock in unfamiliar roles as politicos alongside feuding machine bosses like senators Roscoe Conkling and James G. Blaine and backroom string-puller Chester A. Arthur, Garfield's unlikely vice-presidential running mate. The journey through political backrooms, dazzling convention floors, and intrigue-filled congressional and White House chambers, reveals the era's decency and humanity as well as the sharp partisanship that exploded in the pistol shots of assassin Charles Guiteau, the weak-minded political camp follower and patronage seeker eager to replace the elected commander-in-chief with one of his own choosing. Garfield's path from a seat in the House of Representatives to the White House to martyred hero changed the tone of politics for generations to come.
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Hood River County Library 973.84 ACK c2004 (Text) 33892005580841 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 12/13/2011 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0786713968 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 9780786713967 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: 551 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • Edition: First Carroll & Graf trade paperback edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2004.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 457-467) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The great contest, 1880: Chicago; The hero; Bosses; First volley; The break; Compromise; Chance of a lifetime -- Candidate: The bargain; The narrowest margin -- President-elect: Garfield "doesn't sleep excellently well" -- President: The appointment; The senate; Stalwart of the stalwarts -- Calamity: Bulletins; Arthur.
Summary, etc.:
In this book Kenneth Ackerman re-creates an American political landscape where fierce battles for power unfolded against a chivalrous code of honor in a country struggling to emerge from the long shadow of recent war. He casts familiar Civil War figures like Ulysses S. Grant and Winfield Scott Hancock in unfamiliar roles as politicos alongside feuding machine bosses like senators Roscoe Conkling and James G. Blaine and backroom string-puller Chester A. Arthur, Garfield's unlikely vice-presidential running mate. The journey through political backrooms, dazzling convention floors, and intrigue-filled congressional and White House chambers, reveals the era's decency and humanity as well as the sharp partisanship that exploded in the pistol shots of assassin Charles Guiteau, the weak-minded political camp follower and patronage seeker eager to replace the elected commander-in-chief with one of his own choosing. Garfield's path from a seat in the House of Representatives to the White House to martyred hero changed the tone of politics for generations to come.
Subject: Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881.
Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881 > Assassination.
Guiteau, Charles J. (Charles Julius), 1841-1882.
United States > Politics and government > 1881-1885
Presidents > United States > Election > 1880.
Presidents > United States > Biography.
Garfield, James A.
USA / Präsident.
Mord.
Präsidentenwahl.

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