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|Title||:||From Log-Cabin To White House: Life of James A. Garfield, Boyhood, Youth, Manhood, Assassination|
|Number of Pages||:||262 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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From Log-Cabin To White House: Life of James A. Garfield, Boyhood, Youth, Manhood, Assassination Reviews
This is an "original" book (my copy), from all I can tell, so it is interesting to read a late-19th C book like this. It's a fanciful and romantic style -- one has to sort the facts from the author's stylistic telling. Most of the book is President Garfield's childhood - in some ways, that's disappointing, because the book is 90% childhood to young man -- his political rise is about the last 2-3 chapters, then a chapter about his presidency (which, it was only 8 months, so understandable), then assassination, lingering death, and then funeral. I admit this is the only book I've read that has "deleted scenes" -- the last chapter recounts moments from Garfield's life that the author, for whatever reason, did not put in the relevant chapters. From a presidential historical perspective, this is not a "must read," however, it is fascinating -- the facts are all there, one just has to read through the layers of oddly fanciful and larger-than-life dialogue and descriptions to filter the biography.
This is a book that I first read as a child and recently visited again, with some pleasure. It is not particularly well-written but I enjoy it anyway. It is very much a romanticised version of Garfield's life, written in a kind of elevated and sentimental style that will seem quite dated for the modern taste. In no way is it a 'warts and all' biography - the author makes it clear very early on that he is an ardent admirer of the President. But I enjoyed the stories and the biographical outline, and had no problem with the moral tone. I like to hope that James Garfield was as good a man as depicted.
I read this because I'd read Destiny of the Republic and wanted to read more. I liked it, but it was a little hard to read. It wasn't particularly well-written. A little old-timey? It shows you more of his life growing up, and the last chapter .. briefly about becoming President and barely anything about his assassination and NOTHING on how the dr's really messed up.
This was the first book that I have read when I was around eight. My granpa's friend Girish Shenoy gave it to me and later quizzed me to check if I had really read it!
Knowing very little of James Garfield, this was an eye opening story of the faith of the president and his determination to do the right thing in spite of corrupt forces around him.