Saturday, August 06, 2011

The Presidencies of James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur

by Justus D. Doenecke

In an effort to supplement the scant biography of Chester A. Arthur I had read, I picked up this book as well. It focuses specifically on the terms of each, as per the title. It's informative, albeit a little dry. It's a book about politics and since I'm more looking for personalized view of history, it's not surprising that I found it less than ideal. As presented by Professor Doenecke, the administrations of Garfield and Arthur were notable not for what they accomplished but for how they laid the groundwork for future accomplishments, mostly civil service reform and the modernization of the American Navy.

'Twas like waiting room material.
LibraryThing link

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