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!).