The Unexpected President

The Unexpected President

The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur

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When President James Garfield was shot, no one in the United States was more dismayed than his Vice President, Chester Arthur. For years Arthur had been perceived as unfit to govern, not only by critics and his fellow citizens but by his own conscience. From his promising start, Arthur had become a political hack, a shill for Roscoe Conkling, and Arthur knew better even than his detractors that he failed to meet the high standard a president must uphold. And yet, from the moment President Arthur took office, he proved to be not just honest but courageous, going up against the very forces that had controlled him for decades. Arthur surprised everyone--and gained many enemies--when he swept house and courageously took on corruption, civil rights for blacks, and issues of land for Native Americans. His short presidency proved to be a turning point of American history, in many ways a preview of our own times, and is a sterling example of how someone can "rise to the occasion." This biography tells the dramatic, untold story of a virtually forgotten American president, a machine politician and man-about-town in Gilded Age New York who stumbled into the highest office in the land only to rediscover his better self, right when his nation needed him.
Publisher: New York : Da Capo, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780306823893
0306823896
Characteristics: x, 304 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Jan 07, 2019

The book over the life of the 21st President is a good read, and you actually learn not just about the history of the man himself, but of the political machine that is still driving today. Even though the rewards is laws that favor the "friends" of the candidate, and not just the plum jobs that the weren't qualified for in return for their support. Added bonus to this book is that its written like a novel so it's easily readable. Please do read this book ,and learn about the man and the politics that still haunt this country.

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