President Garfield: From Radical to Unifier


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Simon & Schuster
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6.36 X 9.31 X 1.74 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author

C.W. Goodyear is an author and historian based in Washington, DC. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up abroad before graduating from Yale University.


"In an era polarized like our own, James Garfield went from being a firebrand to an engineer of compromise and healing. Goodyear chronicles his evolution in a meticulously researched reappraisal."--Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs
"James A. Garfield has long been too narrowly remembered for his untimely end. This spirited biography gives us the man in full, suggesting the president he might have become. A fine first book from an energetic young scholar whose skills enhance every page."--John Lewis Gaddis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of George Kennan
"Mr. Goodyear has given us an eloquent and moving biography of our 20th president. Born and raised in rural poverty, James Garfield raised himself up by his bootstraps, fought as a general in the Civil War, rose to leadership in postwar Congresses, challenged the tawdry politics of the Gilded Age, and suffered martyrdom by assassination that launched the beginnings of the end of the system that killed him. Goodyear's lucid prose disentangles the complexities and ambiguities of this story."--James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom
"James Garfield, an American President known most for his death, is brought to life and sharply into focus in President Garfield. Meticulously researched and brilliantly narrated, Goodyear's account weaves together a fascinating figure of towering talents with the extraordinary times in which he lived."--Stanley McChrystal, General, US Army (Retired), Founder & CEO, McChrystal Group
"Goodyear relates his subject's life in fascinating, comprehensive detail. . . . A masterful portrait of a man of great intellect, patience, and ability who should not be overlooked by history."-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
"This fresh appraisal sheds new light on the history of American political polarity."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Like the best novels, C. W. Goodyear's debut biography keeps the same narrative pace as fiction while following the entire life of James Garfield from his impoverished childhood to his assassination. Meticulously researched and eloquently told, this explores how his life and values helped reform American politics during a pivotal period of history. Discover the life of a man whose death is often the main topic of conversation in this comprehensive book perfect for fans of Walter Isaacson and Edmund Morris."-- "Barnes & Noble, "Most Anticipated Books""
"Authoritative. . . . With his engaging writing and comprehensive research, Goodyear's biography offers a reassessment of Garfield that's a welcome introduction to the statesman."--Andrew Demillo "AP News"
"[A] gloriously readable, fascinating biography."--Susan Larson "The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)"
"The most comprehensive Garfield biography in almost 50 years, and the most readable ever. Mr. Goodyear is a stylish and energetic writer, whose passion for his subject is reminiscent of a youthful Edmund Morris in The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt."--Richard Norton Smith "The Wall Street Journal"