by CW Goodyear
“An eloquent and moving biography of our twentieth President.” —James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom
“A meticulously researched reappraisal.” —Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs
The first comprehensive biography in decades of the extraordinary, tragic life of America’s twentieth president—James Garfield.
In this magisterial biography, C.W. Goodyear charts the life and times of one of the most remarkable Americans ever to win the Presidency. Progressive firebrand and conservative compromiser; Union war hero and founder of the first Department of Education; Supreme Court attorney and abolitionist preacher; mathematician and canalman; crooked election-fixer and clean-government champion; Congressional chieftain and gentleman-farmer; the last president to be born in a log cabin; the second to be assassinated. James Abram Garfield was all these things and more.