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Dark Horse by Kenneth D. Ackerman
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Sep 01, 07

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A well written history of the Garfield election and assassination. The author provides vivid images of the election, inauguration and presidency of Garfield and tells a good story as well. It's an interesting tale, Garfield going to the convention as a delegate and emerging as the surprise candidate, the wheeling-dealing to get him elected, and then his murder at the hands of of someone who had actually been in contact with most of the major politicians of the time. There are many things I discovered by reading this book concerning the election process of the time, some of which were rather surprising. It's an easy to read narrative and I greatly recommend it.
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