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Chester Alan Arthur by Zachary Karabell
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Dec 07, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: presidential-books, 2011-books
Read from May 25 to June 01, 2011

As the country did not expect much good to come out of President Arthur’s presidency and then were surprised to find out that he actually did quite the decent job, so I was expecting nothing great in his biography and was pleasantly surprised to find this book both entertaining and intriguing. Many thanks go to Zachary Karabell for turning potential blandness into a fascinating trip through the Gilded Age of America and the man who lead America during part of that era. Karabell does a wonderful job blending a big picture view of American politics and culture at the time with interesting details about President Chester Arthur. Although not much impressed with President Arthur and his stereotypical politician personality, I did enjoy this book and it has spurred my interest in the Gilded Age (what a time that was in America – and not necessarily in a good way!).

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